Sunday, September 7, 2008

Philanthropy for the Little Guy

I just read a great post about Philanthropy for the Little guy over at PixVox

"But looking back on the original interview, I recall feeling more than a bit smug about Bill [Gates]. After all, how could someone with so much, be so unwilling to share it? I mean, hey, if it was my money I’d give it away. Not a moment of hesitation on my part. No sir, I might even give all of it away, move to a tenement flat and live on ramen noodles and rice. Or would I? After all, in some respect, Gate’s fortune is relative. To an upper middle class couple like us it dwarfs our earnings. But to a goat herder on the Serengeti or a homeless family in Portland, our lifestyle must look every bit as enormous. So there I sat, smug but slightly defensive. I knew I wasn’t much different from Bill, except for the cash. We were two peas in a pod, focused on making money with limited concern for those around us."

We could all do to reevaluate our perceptions of wealth and to adopt an attitude of abundance that will allow us to share generously with others - whether that be our time, skill or money.

Head over to PixVox to read the rest of the article.

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