The following is an excerpt from an 1883 issue of Aghyur, the Armenian Tiflis-based literary periodical.
“Why isn’t everyone rich?” a young boy asked his father.
“My son,” replied the father, “in the beginning nobody was poor; everyone was equally rich. God intended it that way. But one day, evil came to exist, people started to fight, and those who were strong took from those who were weak. And from that time on, there became poor people. The rich, seeing it as their duty to be merciful, tried to correct for their wrongdoings, and called their debt “virtue,” and continued in this way. But, my son, when you give alms to a poor person, do not think that you are giving away something that is your own. No, you are returning to him one part of what he lost.”