In the chapter "Fallacy of Philanthropy" in Walden, Thoreau talks about the flaws in good doing. Thoreau describes, in the quote above, how helping people is not something he agrees with. Thoreau believes those who can help themselves should, and only those who need immediate help, should get help. “Be sure that you give the poor the aid they most need, though it be your example which leaves them far behind.” Thoreau also says only give the poor what they need most. The whole chapter of "Economy" is about the necessities of life. Thoreau shows how you do not need so much to live, so people should not be so poor. Most people are poor nowadays because they get money and spend it on things they don't need. That is why Thoreau say to only give the poor what they need.