Accent of Altruism

PhilanthropyPrograms“In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do”
~Dorothea Dix (Social Reformer, 1802-1887)

Once I step out of my home, I witness poverty. After every 2 minutes I see a beggar. I regularly witness injustice. I see scams on the T.V. I see hunger. I feel bad, what I am doing for this vast multitude of problems? Close to nothing.

You can say I am not responsible enough. But I really do not have the power to change Everything. I do what I can. I don’t do much, I do small little acts of kindness. My generation or the Generation Y is too intellectual. We have questions and too many of them. When we look at a poor, our immediate reaction is to think why that person is poor, in India, we curse the country for housing millions of poor. In some other country, we show sympathy, talk among ourselves and move on.

I say, we all should do some humanitarian work. The word ‘donate’ means to Give, with Will. Giving doesn’t always involve money, it means to give anything you can. Volunteer and give your time to the needy. Give away those old used up clothes and toys. Donate money if you are blessed enough to do so.

Why do Charity?

1. SATISFACTION- Believe me, there is no greater satisfaction than doing charity. The peace of mind you get after feeding a hungry child is boundless. You feel good about yourself, a rarity these days. Life is somehow better.

2. HELP- You are saving lives. You are helping those in need. You are giving a second life to people who are less fortunate. A glass of clean water is a life saver for some. Imagine the possibilities. Imagine the change you can bring with some efforts. You my friend are an angel to them.

3. Meet New People- When you go out and participate in relief camps and the like, you meet new people. You see what is happening around the world and you notice the extent to which others are going to help some strangers. In short, you make some awesome friends!

4. You make this world a better place to live!

What you get in return?

Nothing and if that question cropped up in your mind, don’t do charity. You never get anything in return when you help some poor people. As Martin Luther King Junior rightly puts it–

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

 

Love the Magic of This picture. I know you will Love it too.

Arambol-give-tylickiIt was and it is always your choice because ‘We only have what we Give’ :)

Charity Begins at Home, taken too literally by us?

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
~John Bunyan

source:studentdoctor.comSince we were children our parents taught us to help the poor. They taught us the most important lesson of life and that is To Give. We grew up giving the last bit of the chocolate to that poor boy standing alone in the street or choosing within our old toys and clothes, the ones we could sacrifice for someone else.

We grew up some more and we started donating sweets and presents on festivals. We started “feeling” for those who were less fortunate. This continued until we started earning and had capacity to “donate”. Then our preferences changed.

We looked for OUR “cause”, OUR “people”, OUR “place”, OUR “satisfaction”. We forgot about selfless giving, the chocolates we shared and the toys we gave away to some strangers, not knowing who could be getting them. Did we choose back then? Did we go and see who played with our toys? Or did we ask that kid if he was less fortunate in a way that we want? No, right?

Then why did we suddenly become so selfish that we chose to give to our Religion, Our Country, Our Cause and so for so many other “specific” reasons! We forgot the whole point of Giving. Is it that poor girl’s fault that she is not from your country or religion? She is simply needy, she needs your help and if you can help her then there should be no second factor that should stop you except for a few ethical reasons. In the end it’s your call.

I like these words by Thomas Fuller-

 “Charity begins at home, but should not end there.”source: Google