Summary: Read this case with the understanding that being a “good Samaritan” is how we should handle this resolution.
Released: Filed Under: NSDA Lincoln-Douglas
About "The Samaritan Principle"
This is a value-centric affirmative case written in 2011 when the NCFCA was debating a very similar resolution to this one. It shouldn’t be considered hyper-religious. The idea of the “good Samaritan” is one that extends beyond Christian ideals and should be embraced by all people, religious and non-religious. Here’s the story, if you haven’t heard of it before.
Jesus was teaching by the use of a story. A man was beaten up by robbers along a road. A temple priest walked by and pretended not to notice. An alter boy, too, passed, refusing to be bothered by a sick and needy man. A third man walked by and helped the victim. He aided him and put him up at a hotel — paid by his own money — and considered it the best he could do.
Here’s the significance of Jesus’ story: Samaritans were hated by the Jews. They were bad guys. Such a story would have been much like Donald Trump saying a Syrian helped a needy Christian. The contrast was quite noticeable.
Read this case with this understanding. Being a “good Samaritan” is how we should handle this resolution.
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