Yes, you're right. For me no human beeing is useless. Definetly not if they're just playing vidya games all day and smoke weed. I mean if that is all it takes to make someone 'useless' in your eyes. I mean you're not going to make such a person 'more' usefull by throwing him/her in a misserable situation. Recent studies on the subject of poverty tells us that people make bad decisions because they are poor. Throw wealthy people in the same situation and it is extremely likey they will make the same decisions. I am not. Quite the opposite, I see everyone as an individual with his own history and reasons for his situation and why he/she is in there. I never said I want to pay someones gambling debts or buying drugs for them. I just don't want to make the situation of someone who's addicted to drugs or gambling worse, by taking his income away or giving them aditional stress. Why aren't you worried about lazy wealthy people? Or the wealthy life style. Have you seen someone who's smoking pot and playing video games all day flying to Africa and shooting animals that are listed as vulnerable? I havn't. However, we are also at the same time talking about millions of americans here. Did you know that around 60% of Americans have less than 1000$ on their bank account? They are literaly one major missfortune away from poverty. A car accident, some sickness, loosing their job beacuse their company close down. You name it. All bad choices I guess. 60% of the Americans made bad choices I guess. There is no reilable and good way to make such a decisions and I doubt anyone is qualified to do it anyway. What makes a good person? Your standard? Or mine? We alrady know that we have different views here. Hell, we even decide to treat prisoners as human beeings, you know? And why are we doing it? Because torture is considered a crime in our socities, regafdless if the victim is a 'good' or 'bad' person. This is completely arbitrey. Not to mention that you would certainly also hit people that have nothing to do with it, like the child of a 'bad' mother for example. Think about what kind of society that would be. I am not treating anyone like a baby here. I am just giving everyone equal opportunity to find out what his potential is. You, me, even that drug addict that's playing Pokemon all day on his Wii or what ever. Everyone has potential. You would be surprised what those people can achieve, if all you do is to believe in them. I experienced it, since I wokred for quite a few years with the people you deem as 'useless'. We all have a history and reason to act the way we do. The thing I can say, is that those people, often young people, are already under immense stress and preasure, hence why they give up and don't give a fuck. Imagine what happens if you increase the preasure. Some can become quite destructive and even criminals. The only advice I can give you is, to work with those people, just go to them and ask them why they act like that, but don't judge them, just try to listen. You can learn something from everyone.