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| Abraham Yim|
August 2nd, 2018 - Thursday
O. S. Guinness - Doing Well and Doing Good
Introduction - Doing Well and Doing Good
Money. It has become the centerpiece of the lives of almost every human being on earth. If it isn’t sex or power, then money holds the crown jewel for the most influencing factor in human history. People like it and the rise and victory of democratic capitalism shows what the people want. With the exception of a small group of people, the general population wants to make money. Men and women go out to work jobs to bring a paycheck home. We do things we would not normally do for another crisp bill. We are so hard at work trying to make money that we forget to figure out the meaning of money. If we overlook the meaning of money, all subjects attached to it are cast in a shadow of mystery. O. S. Guinness book, Doing Well and Doing Good will provide us with a searchlight to divulge the deepest meaning of money, caring, giving, and everything in between.
The United States of America is a great country. The country shines on the world stage in multiple different categories. One category that America holds is in the category of giving - philanthropy. Year after year, Americans donate more than any other nation. In short, giving to those in need is deeply embedded into our culture. However, this cultural phenomenon is often swept under the rug. We never learn why we are like this. We never learn why rich people suddenly set up charities and such. We neglect our history of philanthropy.
One word can sum up our culture of giving: religion. Although many would not want to admit it, religion is the largest motive for donating and volunteering. Guinness says, “To ignore faith and philanthropy is as absurd as describing Egypt without mentioning the Nile.” Doing Good and Doing Well will reveal a hidden part of our history and aid us in learning more about religion’s hand in giving.
People are richer than they ever have been before. People earn more than ever possible. This explosion of wealth is often referred to as “wealth of the masses.” You may recognize names such as Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and the list goes on. They are all multi-billionaires, and all have had their fair share of philanthropy. This makes sense: the more you have, the more you can give. What is the use of wealth when you can not use it? Aesop said, two and a half thousand years ago, “Wealth unused might as well not exist.”
With the rise of good works and wealth in our nation, we run into a problem with any problem and solution - an identity crisis. People debate what method is the best method, and what people ought to do. Private entities have donated to charities at an alarming rate - more than ever before. Charities have also found themselves dependent on government grants. There will not be a shortage of donations any time soon, so what about manpower? Are there enough people volunteering? Unfortunately, people aren’t going out in droves volunteering wherever they can. This is where philanthropy and charity clash. Many believe that philanthropy is the proper way to fix problems. Others believe that charity wants to give a more human experience in helping the poor.
As I said before, the USA stands tall amongst other nations. America has constantly gained speed economically, while others have been left in the dust. This makes it easier for America to be a leader in charity and philanthropy - we have more and we give more. With an explosion of wealth, the distribution of wealth becomes easier. There is more to go around, and people can have their full. Within American communities, richer towns are able to enjoy better socialist policies such as amazing healthcare.
If you believe an idea is great, you want to spread that idea everywhere. Democratic Capitalism has won over people from all over the world. Other nations are interested but they do not want the strings that are attached to modern democratic capitalism - weak moral backbone. A Singaporean professor said, “What we in Singapore want is the modern world, no the West. We want the Asian way, not the American way. We want to follow Confucius, not Christ.” With the rise of our country, we have allowed for our moral backbone to soften. We become callous to evil and, in some moments, praise it. We have to bring ethics and morality back into our culture if our “good works” are going to mean anything to an evermore secular nation.
1. What do you think influences America to be so generous?
2. Why do you think there has been a deep divide in America’s culture of giving and its influence?
3. Do you prefer philanthropy or charity as your means for helping the poor? Why?