What is the logic behind the philosophy of giving ? How much should we give? To whom shall be give? When shall be give? Why on earth should we give?
How much should we give?
“As much as we can” , such is the ideal answer to this question of how much. There is a saying that we do not truly give unless it hurts to do so. When we give something that is clearly in excess of what we need, we are expected to do that. And because it does not require considerable sacrifice on the part of the giver, it does not fully answer to the real essence of giving.
To whom shall we give?
By natural order, we give to our loved ones. We reserve what we have and then pass it on to them because that is again an expected thing. The meaning of giving is magnified when we give to those we don’t even know because we know they need it and we can help them through it. It becomes even more noble when we give without being asked.
When shall we give?
The most obvious answer is: “At any time it is needed”. Giving cannot be limited like a scheduled thing as in once a month or once a year. We give because we see the need and we choose to act on it.
Why on earth, should we give?
We give because it is part of our essence as a human being . We are less of a human when all we know is how to take. Giving makes us like ourselves more because it gives us a chance to discover something good in us.
People have not been created equal in terms of material wealth, talents, and physical attributes. This truth provides us the chance to give where it would matter most. By giving, we are able to share a part of us with others that will serve us in the end.
Originally posted on July 31, 2012 @ 10:42 am