tfrosty6 months ago
What percentage of their income or worth do "poster boys" Bill Gates and Warren Buffet actually give to charity or valuable causes? I am willing to be well short of 50%, whereas they probably need a fraction of what they have to actually live very comfortably, and support their extended families similarly. In absolute amounts they give a lot and should receive credit for it, but they give well short of what they can afford. It is companies like this that are showing the way to a truly sustainable and equitable economy in my opinion, not such "poster boys". Kudos to you.
I think maintaining civil society is up to each of us. At present we seem so scared that we will be 'ripped off' by those who will take without giving that we are too scared to give at all, and any sign of a possibility of being burned sends us scurrying back into our isolation. In reality, as far as I can see, the majority of people are more give than take, a few people are all take and no give, and it becomes clear pretty soon who is which. If we continue to give regardless, though not so much to those who don't give back to anyone, those who are all take and no give will end up with what they need and little more, and the rest of us can share - mostly companionship and kindness, as well as material support, and all be a lot better off.
But it means reaching out, and still doing so when burned a little, or even a lot, like suggested here, to build the community confidence in the principle, to bring more people in to participate.
So again, kudos to you. We need more initiatives like this.