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Subject:  Re: Obama - Family First! Date:  8/21/2008  2:26 PM
Author:  Howie52 Number:  13907 of 117530

"However, this whole business of "family" has me scratching my head.
Why is it that we somehow feel obligated to "family" when others are far more needy? "


Personal knowledge of the family is a large influence. When you
have regular contact with a cousin or niece or whomever and they
have taken the time to support the family - and not all support
is monetary by all means - and then they need support, folks will
generally offer what they can. Lot depends on circumstance.

As far as choice, you always have the choice of turning the
need or request away. The "free will" deally tends to always
be there ---- and the "free guilt" deally also is always there
as well. Both kind of come with the territory of family for
some folks and some cultures. Tends to be different and
have different responses where family ties are less critical
or where the need to compete even within families is more
an issue for survival.

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