"There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted."
Although all the sections of Walden held many relationships both socially and politically to modern day, I found that this final section stood out above the others. The main contrast that this section held was the fact the Thoreau is no longer criticizing the bad things that the community does, but now the 'good' things. The Fallacy in Philanthropy literally means the falsehood in community service. Thoreau says that we help the less fortunate is wrong. As he says, "give the poor the aid they most need" for they are needy, but it is the way that we simply give it to them that digs them into a deeper hole. I found this completely applies to how life is today. If the poor are unwilling to work for what they need, what are we doing by giving it to them? Thoreau says that "the poor man is not so cold and hungry as he is dirty and ragged and gross." but similar to society today, "If you give him money, he will perhaps buy more rags with it." He talks about how he did not pity the raggedy clothed irishmen who cut ice from the pond. When one of them fell in however, Thoreau decided to help him and offer clothing, but the man did not need it, for he had enough of his own clothes. I found this really interesting, and it caused to me to ask; how should we help the poor and needy? Low and behold Thoreau answers it, he says to not be "an overseer of the poor," but instead "endeavor to become one of the worthies of the world."