Why are beggars despised?

Why are beggars despised? —for they are despised, universally.

Plazoid, a blog in Humboldt County, says, “I believe it is for the simple reason that they fail to earn a decent living.

“In practice nobody cares whether work is useful or useless, productive or parasitic; the sole thing demanded is that it shall be profitable.

“Money has become the grand test of virtue. By this test beggars fail, and for this they are despised.”

A couple stats that set northern California’s Humboldt County apart:

  • 30 overdose deaths per 100,000 population, while the state average has been about 9.2

  • a suicide death rate of 20.8 per 100,000 people, more than twice the state average of 9.3