In life, we can either let our experiences make us bitter, or we can channel that feeling towards being a good example in order to improve things.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The dollar desire

I was looking at an article in a newspaper and it was talking about billionairs not giving as much as they should, to help people. And it got me thinking, firstly, there is only so much that a person can buy and so they might as well share it with those who need it. And secondly, people have forgotton what the purpose of money is. The purpose of money is not to horde it but to use it. We have money so we can get what we need and want and also help others. In my opinion, it's silly to want money just for the sake of having it. It's just paper. What makes it special is it allows us to get things, plus do good things with it. I guess that's why people enjoy it so much, it gives them the feeling that they can have whatever they want. I enjoy it too. But I want to put it to good use.

On the other side, some people who can't afford to, spend too much and max out their credit card on things they don't need instead of saving it for more important things like rent and food and emergencies, etc. The key here is balance. Save some and spend some.


socialworker/frustrated mom said...

I agree, share the wealth and balance is always the key:)

Pragmatician said...

It certainly sounds right that those who have much more 'paper' than others should share some of it with those who don't have enough.

Lakewood Venter said...

Though I hear your frustrations and am a firm believer in giving, I am a firm believer as well in not judging others for what they do or don't do with THEIR money that THEY worked hard to earn.

Mel said...

I too enjoy spending money.

One of the great things about Charity is that all decisions are defered to your own judgement. We can't know what these people are supporting and what they value.

The Founders of ebay donated a billion dollars to help fund emerging businesses.

Bill Gates donates tens of millions to education.

Daniel Abraham (Slimfast) singlehandedly pays for most of Birthright.

The bottom line is that No one has any place or right to judge someone's philanthropy. WE just don't have enough information available.

And yeah, Balance is the key. But that balance will always be based on priorities, and some people value certain things over others.

Nice Post.

The Dreamer said...

Lvnsm27 - though i do agree with what you wrote, it's not as if saving money is totally wrong. saving for the future is quite worthwhile and a very smart practice. there's a major difference between hoarding and saving.

Lvnsm27 said...

Social & Prag, exactly

LV, you're right, but it's not really ours. It's a gift from G-d and He expects us to share it

Mel, the article mentioned that some give a lot, but there are some that don't and could give more. But I agree w/ your point about not judging

Dreamer, I am all for saving money. But what I'm not for is keeping it all for myself if I can help others.

Lakewood Venter said...

True, God may expect it of people, but other people shouldn't expect anything from people. It simply isn't their business!

Lvnsm27 said...

True, but the rules shouldn't just apply to me, everyone should judge favorably