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Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Blog, Life |

What Does It Mean to Be Generous?

What Does It Mean to Be Generous?

If you haven’t already heard, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have pledged to give away 99% of their net worth to charitable causes over their lifetime.  If you’ve read about it already, you’ve likely also seen the wave of articles such as this one picking apart the couple’s generosity due to a variety of reasons, such as the tax benefits and the nature of the organization the money will be pledged to. When was the last time any of those writers gave away 99% of their net worth? Yes, there is truth in what they are writing.  Yes, there are clear advantages in the manner in which the Zuckerbergs are handling the donation.  Does any of that devalue the $45 billion that will be given to do good or the motivations of the givers? It brings to mind the question, “What does it mean to be generous?”  And in a culture that isn’t inherently generous, but rather quite consumeristic, I think we struggle with answering the question.  During this time of...

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