Thursday, September 27, 2012

true generosity


These are the words occupying my mind this semester and keeping me away from this wonderful little space.

I could quote this whole book (a great read for everyone, a must-read for educators), because it is full of the stuff that could carry a conversation for weeks.

But I won't.

And I won't even attempt to deconstruct this single quote. I suspect it carries a different weight, and a different meaning, for every person.

For me, right now, it compels me to reconsider what Doing Good really means, and reflect on my moments of false charity and true generosity. We have all had both. But by and large, we live in a society of false charity, of "fixing" problems that don't exist, of stitching things up while we simultaneously plunge the knife deeper into the wound.

It sounds negative, I know. But it's also an opportunity...to be more awake...to make a decision to be more conscious and more truly generous, even if it just begins with a book, with our minds, with our thoughts.

3 comments:

  1. Wow. What a very powerful quote. It makes me think that false charity comes from the desire to placate our own egos, but that true generosity comes from somewhere deeper. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. What an interesting perspective. I will have to say I've truly never thought about it that way but appreciate the different point of view. I'm very intrigued by that book now

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  3. I believe the intent of most charity is good and just (and not false). Even big government social programs were created with good intentions. But where this quote rings most true for me is when we go beyond intent and look at results. It is all too easy to support such programs while claiming to "care" about the less fortunate in our society (and very false when claiming moral superiority by doing so). It seems that true caring and generosity require results, not intent.

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Thanks for making me smile. =)