An action speaks louder than words, and doing things that will benefit the well being of others, not only benefits the intended beneficiaries, but also increases the quality of life and the well being of humanity.
One way or the other, maybe not by birth, we are all connected as human beings, and giving back to humanity, minus the financial gain, is one of the greatest services we can do as humans.
Socrates, a classical Greek philosopher, was reported to have said, “That the pouring out of his thoughts freely (without charge) to his listeners was his philanthropia,” or simply his way of developing or enhancing what it is to be human.
But what does enhancing what it is to be human mean?
Basically this: To continue in the legacy of our forefathers and foremothers, and by effectively improving civilization through education (self-development) and culture (civic development). That is why, through effective philanthropy, society prospers.
Philanthropy doesn’t have respect of persons, and its main objective is to prevent and solve social problems that have surfaced within our communities. So whether you’re rich or poor, male or female, ask yourself Robert G. Allen’s thought-provoking question, “If service is the rent you pay for your existence on this earth, are you behind in your rent?”
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