Why do some find it difficult to give? Why do some people give and give and then give some more? When I was a kid, like most kids, giving (within a social context like playing games) disguised the ultimate motive. There was nothing sinister about it. A simple unwritten yet well understood doctrine. Anyone who violated this ran the risk of being left out. It worked rather well. Isn’t it amazing that no one teaches you this most basic of human trait.
But is it a sustainable model in the world of the grown ups? I suspect giving shouldn’t always equate to a right to receive. Fast pace of life together with toxic side effects of capitalism makes us live in a weird bubble where goodwill struggles to permeate through. Each act of kindness masquerades an ultimate motive.
So what happened to giving or helping just for the sake of it? Fortunately it is not all doom and gloom. There are plenty of people for whom reciprocity of giving does not weigh them down. It is a beautifully altruistic gesture. Its delights may not be obvious to the giver at first until he or she receives a similar selfless gesture, an act of pure kindness from somebody else. All of a sudden the floodgates open and the realisation sets in. Being in a position to offer hope and help (no matter how insignificant) to the needy in such a selfless fashion is one of the most enchanting characteristics of being human. It is this fundamental heart warming quality that makes us humans so special.
Just imagine how you would feel by an act of “no strings attached” pure kindness at a time when you needed it the most. I guess what I am trying to say here is help and support those in need… for the act of giving never diminishes contents of the bucket you give from. Give a little!
There is a wonderful article on BBC’s site that sheds some light on capitalism. Have a read… A point of view: The revolution of capitalism!