No, not ignorance, NewRas, there is wisdom in it:
“If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime.” - Lao Tzu, Chinese founder of Taoism, 4th century BC
However, we must never fail to heed the exhortation:
"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again." - Matthew 7:1-2
Almost without exception, people suffer from encumbrances which are invisible and of which we are not aware. As RastafarI, we must demonstrate compassion while letting our hearts and our faith in H.I.M. be our guide.
I&i learned many years ago from a very wise woman what it is to act like a fool by making judgments hastily based solely upon appearances regarding a person's capacity to work and provide for himself or herself.
You're correct: A hand out is a very small, transient gesture. We must invest of ourselves in helping others if we intend to really make a lasting difference.