Giving it Away
Good for them. It is a little funny—and sad—that in the AJC article, Ted Turner feels compelled to state the exact amount of his contributions, and to call the giving of them “one of (his) proudest accomplishments”…visions of the publican on the street corner…and didn’t he give a massive chunk of it to the United Nations? Might as well-a stuck that money in Jane’s hand and let her blow it…
But back to topic: good for them; while none of them ought to feel obligated to give, it’s certainly a good thing to see them giving of their own freewill. And I especially applaud Warren Buffett, who pledged some time back to give away 99% of his income; that is truly impressive. So good for them, and this is impressive—to a point. Question: is it any more impressive than the widow who put the mite into the offering box? Than the family who makes $40K a year and nonetheless gives 10% to its church? Than the millions who give quietly, anonymously, to the point of “hurt”, a point none of these well-meaning billionaire philanthropists will ever reach or understand?
But good for them, anyway. And may their example—and the joy they get from giving—be “catching”.