We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Yes, it's much more civilized to have a governmental system that has the power to take money at gun point from the first person who earned it and give it to the second who did not earn it than for the first person to give it voluntarily. And it's so much more civilized to incentivize politicians to buy the vote of the second person with the money from the first.
It follows that it is more civilized to not care for others because you don't need to - the government will do it for you - and you needn't be thankful - you have a right to somebody else's money.
You can see this brand of civilization at work in inner cities and socialist countries.
In other words, "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs."
In the old days, evil churches handled a lot of this. They built hospitals, schools, orphanages, care homes, etc. to care for the needy. People who belonged to churches paid for it, because that is what the Gospel said to do.
Now that money that once was given to churches is instead taken by the government and reallocated according to government dictates of who is deserving and who is not.
But somehow, it looks like the need is no longer taken care of (difficult to do when you first have to pay for all the bureaucrats who are administering the programs to help the needy).
As for comment #1--this is why you will find that conservatives are in general much more charitable than liberals. The attitude of liberals is that government should take care of it, whereas conservatives still believe in individual responsibility both for themselves and to care for others.
Agreed, which is why the left's call for collectivist/socialist public spending is not based on compassion but rather power. There are substantial numbers of lefties who consider themselves compassionate and vote for expanded benefits for the "underprivileged" or "poor". In spite of the fact that there are large numbers of them, they don't trust themselves to actually be compassionate enough to put their own money where their mouth is. Instead, they want to force everybody to put their money where the left's mouth is.