According to the http://www.thefreedictionary.com
Mendicant is defined as: Depending on alms for a living; practicing begging.
This documentary, “The Mendicant Society” touches on how our remittances maybe encouraging a behavior for those recipients of remittances to remain dependent and lose their motivation to find their own source of income.
… like Juan Tamad waiting for the fruit to fall.
On documentary’s trailer there is a quote from Anzia Yezierska – “Give a beggar a dime and he’ll bless you. Give him a dollar and he’ll curse you for withholding the rest of your fortune. Poverty is a bag with a hole in the bottom.”
It reminds me of a proverb that says "If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime."
Can you relate?
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