The Beggars' Place in the Social Biospehre
Attention. This is a passenger announcement: Beggars occasionally board the trains. Please do not encourage them by giving money. If you see a beggar on this train, please tell a member of staff.
If we take Darwin’s theory of biosphere, in particular the interdependence between species in a biosphere, and apply that relationship to social sphere, then, theoretically, if there were no beggars, then there would be an imbalance of some kind. But what would really change if there were no beggars? Can beggars be equated to the species that have no natural enemies?
The existence of the social niche filled by beggar-ism can be viewed as an alternative social form. Variety of social roles as well as good social mobility is paramount to an open liberal society. Perhaps the sole reason for the existence of beggar-ism and general social tolerance to it lays in the fact that beggars still hold a place on the ladder of society and the position of beggar-ism provides a social safety net.
If there were no beggars, an altogether different social class would be filling the gap and laying down the safety net. With beggars being the less populous social form, or for other unstudied reasons, there are no riot eruptions to be seen. However, if the beggars as a social class cease to exist, then the social balance would shift and a much more populous group may feel increasingly insecure and ‘on the edge’ of social ladder, thus creating a prerequisite for social instability.
It is thus evident that beggars as a social class are neither irrelevant or redundant in a developed society.