Hannieroo wrote:Which is fine. Gets the job done, everybody is happy.
Hence you could argue that charities are a facilitating mechanism allowing
people to feel good about themselves
p.s. I've been in at both the front and back-ends.
- Working for a nil-profit all-volunteer charity for two years, incl digging wells/drains in Amazon villages, and so on...
-Working on Wall Street and being forced
to donate part of my salary to charity via 'United Way', so the Bank could get a huge annual headline about how '''generous''' it's employees were...
(I've mentioned it before, but it's maybe worth airing again. In Confucionist societies people who receive charity (say monks on the daily alms rounds, or street-beggars) do not thank or even acknowledge a donor. The first few times I witnessed this I have to say I was puzzled (if not even a little put-out).
It is because to thank/acknowledge you would be the 'repay' (or settle) the debt, and it is considered more humble, or honest, [or? hunting the right word here] to remain in debt to the donor. The donor doesn't get thanked > they don't get to 'feel good about themselves', BUT as that is not why they gave, they don't want to be thanked. They wanted to 'give of themselves').