It’s ironic that my previous blog was about a homeless man, begging for a meal. And yet all over the news yesterday and today is about how generous Warren Buffett is in deciding to give his $34 BILLION to the Bill Gates Foundation.
If you closely look at how the Gates Foundation funds the majority of charities, as reported today in the New York Times, you will notice that a vast majority goes to help health related research projects, care for people with disease, and to promote and fund education.
Now consider the proverb “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”
Here’s my question to you… and I would love to hear your feedback. What about the homeless, the elderly, and the children? The above proverb clearly leans towards education and the importance to care for yourself, once given the proper tools.
Should we, as a society, give LESS to those organizations that don’t follow this proverb? Do we continue to feed the poor and the homeless, provide social services to the mentally handicapped, to care for abandoned and abused children?
Next, ask yourself within your business and personal sphere if you do all you can to help others who are less fortunate? Do you give back to your community, both through dollars and voluntary time? How can you make a difference, within your social sphere, to change your habits and the habits of others so that we may all follow in the footsteps of Warren Buffets extreme generosity? How can you get involved and help others?
Warren Buffets heart is worth much more than his billions and billions of dollars, in my opinion. I feel each and every one of us has a responsibility to give back to our community. So go ahead, pick one or two charities or causes which you believe in and begin by opening your wallets, donating your time and begin caring about your community.del.icio.us | digg it! | reddit! | Google!