To agree or not to agree. I do not agree with Thoreau but at the same time I do. I agree that you should not help the poor directly so they don’t learn, but I do think that if the person is not able to work or make a living on their own then you should help them. It depends on their situation. Helping someone make a living is great but some people might not be able to live like you do.
Thoreau wrote how he had offered help to the poor and offered them his living style. He believed in “Give a man to fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for his life.” Does teaching someone how to fish fully satisfy him than? I believe you need to help the person more than just pointing them in the right direction.