I’d like to discuss the moral implications of our choices as to which kind of charity to engage in.
I’m trying to figure out the most important factors to consider when deciding what kind of charity to engage in (either money or time). There seem to be two values on which to judge charitable work–the need it satisfies, and the fulfillment it gives the person.
Which is more important? For example, I’m facing two volunteering opportunities. One satisfies are terrific need, but it objectively depressing and difficult. Everyone who does it agrees, take my word for it.
The other opportunity involves satisfying a smaller need–definitely helping people, but not people desperately in need, as the first. It, however, is enjoyable and highly fulfilling.
Assuming there are no ways to mix/match, etc., just trying to discuss this on more theoretical terms–how does one evaluate whether the need or the fulfillment is more important? I think there is an argument that we should solely base our work on the utility it creates, meaning the need it satisfies. On the other hand, we aren’t solely here to make a difference, but also to strengthen our relationship with God. Thoughts?