32 thoughts on “Generosity

  1. Throughout all of our lives as we grow we are shaped by the values instilled in us by our family and friends. A value that has shaped me as a person would have to be Generosity, ever since I was young my father has been a very generous man and I always looked up to him for it. I started making conscious and subconscious choices to be more generous. I would always surprise my friends and family with small gifts of appreciation and try to give as much as I could to the people around me. Sometimes I would become involved in different projects at our schools and would help all I could. There were many times where I would become so passionate about a project that I would give as much as I could to make it a success. During my senior year of high school, two friends and I decided to make a game club as a fun place for people to come and feel safe and play games. I put everything I could into this club all my spare cash went into funding our games collection plus our VR setup. Anytime I was after school it was almost always for something related to game club. By the end of the year, we were one of the largest clubs in the school. Every time I saw all of us together playing tabletop or computer games, all the time and money I put into this project felt worth it.

    Like

    • Growing up, I was taught that it’s very important to be kind to one another and treat others the way you’d want to be treated. My mother always showed me why generosity was a good value to learn in life. My mother would always give homeless people whatever she had even if she was struggling herself, and that’s because she realized that although she is struggling, she knows that someone else needs it more. Observing her generous actions to loved ones and complete strangers has shaped me because I know that I do thinks and make judgements differently because of this form of deed. As I grew up, I learned that I shouldn’t pick and choose who I want to be kind to or share with and those who aren’t as close to me deserve the same treatment as my loved ones. I naturally have a good heart and I am very caring, but I am now more conscious of my actions towards other people. Life can become difficult at any given moment, and the only way to survive is to be unselfish and help uplift each other. I’ve always been one to help or include someone who doesn’t feel like they fit in or belong. We are all equal and there isn’t a valid reason as to why someone doesn’t deserve to receive help or respect when needed. It is important to be as kind as possible to one another because you never know what someone is going through outside of the place you constantly see them. Although some may take your kindness for advantage, you did your part by being the best you could be in a respectable manner even if they didn’t deserve it. If we were to treat someone poorly because they didn’t treat us how we wanted to be treated, it would result in a never ending cycle of hatred in the human race. Which is why I believe that we should all strive to be generous to each other in a world awfully filled with hate.

      Like

      • I totally agree with this statement, especially when you spoke about how if you treat others differently just because of a situation of someone taking you to advantage then it would be a world of hatred. Everybody isn’t raised the same way and one experience cant determines how you should treat the whole human race.

        Like

    • I am thoroughly impressed by this blog post! I currently do not believe that there is enough generosity in the world. Most people are willing to think more about themselves than others, which is a shame. The only way our species will survive is if we selflessly take into account the needs of others over ourselves. Thank you for putting so much time, effort, and money into creating such a successful club that all students can enjoy. Our community needs more individuals like you, who have been raised to help others. Great job, and keep doing the excellent work you are accomplishing!

      Like

    • Generosity can also be taken advantage of by people who don’t necessarily have the same good willed intentions. Excess generous behavior can lead to bonds being more likely to fracture due to the fact that were not ready to deal with the ill intentions of say a best friend or even a parent. Overall though I see what you’re trying to say about giving your all to make something worth it which makes sense. However, you can only take care of something if you take care of yourself first.

      Like

    • I really liked your belief statement. You got a very interesting story Tristan. Creating a game club was such a creative idea and I am very that everything worked out well for you. Generosity is such a value to have today’s society and I am very glad you learned it at a young age.

      Like

    • The best kind of joy is the kind you give to others. It’s amazing how little can mean so much to so many people. Giving is the gift that keeps on giving.

      Like

  2. I believe that with generosity comes with the decision of who you decide to be generous or kind to, and whether or not you change how kind you are to them. For me, I’ve always been deemed as a kind soul, someone that will always help out others when it is needed or that I’m genuinely just a good hearted person. It’s good to know that others see me as that, but it’s hard to realize when others are taking advantage of it. I’ve always been back and forth with the phrases, “treat others how you want to be treated” and “treat others how they treat you”. It was never in my intentions to be rude, or unkind to anyone because no one deserves such mistreatment, but when they treat you as someone who doesn’t deserve kindness or generosity, you question whether or not you should change the way you act towards them. I always felt as if it would be unfair for someone to treat me badly when I treat them with such respect. Almost as if the treatment they give me should be reciprocated? But no, I’ve always stayed true to what was right, I wouldn’t want to step down to another’s level and change the way my character was already set up. It’s still unjust to me how other’s kindness, generosity, and friendliness is taken advantage of by people they trust or consider as friends. If anything, generosity could still be given, but not all of it. Don’t be lenient to those who don’t appreciate your generosity, but make them appreciate it.

    Like

    • I loved your belief statement Gabrielle! You should always try to be kind to everyone. I think it’s rare meeting a person who has a naturally big heart because people can be rude and self-serving. It’s better to give generosity when figuring out intentions of others then from the jump. It can hurt realizing how much effort you put in a friendship or even a relationship when people seem not to care or pretend to be nice just to get what they want. It’s not obviously right giving generosity towards someone who takes advantage of it. I adore your phrase mentioned, “treat others the way you want to be treated” as you never know what a person is like. It’s always best to stick with people who aren’t selfish and are willing to give generosity and respect to you.

      Like

    • I agree with most of this I just feel like no matter who it is, there’s enough love and kindness to go around. If you treat people how they treat you and they aren’t good then you are just bringing negative energy back into your life. What goes around does come back around, in my opinion.

      Like

  3. Like any other mother in the world, my mom would teach me valuable lessons when I was younger. One of them was not to point or stare at people if I saw something “strange” about them. She’d mention it was impolite to do so. Of course, I kept asking her why. The only thing that she’d say was, “Everyone has their own story.” Obviously, I didn’t fully grasp the idea that she was trying to prove to me at a young age. As I continued to grow and interact with a variety of people, I finally understood.

    While I was driving home one day, I ended up behind this car that was going more slowly than I anticipated. That was until I read a sign that said, “New driver. Sorry for any delay.” Since I knew this information, I was very patient with him and left plenty of room. Soon after, I noticed if I hadn’t read that sign I most likely wouldn’t have been as patient as I was… Immediately, my mom and her lesson appeared in my head. I realized she was trying to prove that you don’t know what someone else is going through. People don’t carry signs around them that convey their personal struggles. If others could visually read what people were going through, the world would be more caring. Signs shouldn’t be a reason to treat others with kindness, though. Whether you know what is going on in someone’s life or not, be thoughtful anyways.

    Like

    • Hi Kasie, like you my mom has inspired me and shaped me with her l lessons and wisdom and I’m so grateful for this. I agree that though it may not always be easy we should show people kindness and be patient. 🙂

      Like

    • Hi Kasie, I really enjoyed reading your statement. I agree that we don’t know what others are going through and that is why we need to be thoughtful of everyone no matter what. Kindness and generosity can go a long way in someone’s life.

      Like

    • This is a very deep and meaningful observation you made. I agree 100 percent that you should never judge a book by its cover. People are always quick to judge but never take the time to realize or understand a situation.

      Like

  4. Spread love, not hate. It’s a simple message, but truly believing in it can go a long way and can help a lot of people. Life can be tough at times, and sometimes for some people, things can seem like they will never get better. This is where generosity comes in. I feel as if it’s really important to always spread positivity and kindness wherever you go, and that’s something I try to do as much as I can. I really don’t see a reason in being mean or treating someone unfairly, because I wouldn’t want someone to treat me that way. I truly believe that “what goes around comes around”, and I think the more good you spread around the more good will come back to you. It’s always a good feeling to be able to help someone out, and you don’t have to go out of your way to do it. The way I look at it is, if I am given the opportunity to help someone out and make their day better for even a few seconds with my generosity, then why not? We are all human beings, and there really isn’t a reason for us to be anything but kind to each other. I always just try to be the nicest guy I can be and spread as much positivity as I can, because I truly believe that the kindness that each of us show to one other truly does help make the world a happier place.

    Like

    • I love your belief statement! Simply being kind to others is incredibly easy to do, and can positively impact those around you. I really like your quote, “we are all human beings, and there really isn’t a reason for us to be anything but kind to each other.” This is such an important message, especially in today’s society which tends to be filled with negativity. Being generous doesn’t have to be difficult, and is a positive experience for everyone involved.

      Like

  5. Altruism as defined by Philosophy is, “the practice of concern for the wellbeing of others,” and defined by Biology as, “behavior by an individual that increases the fitness of one while decreasing fitness of the actor.” Many believe that it is possible to act altruistically, but I do not agree.

    As someone who learned altruism through the biological definition, it raised multiple questions in me. It states that to act altruistically is to get nothing in return from an action. But what do we truly define as, “nothing?” Is it solely physical possession or does it extend to feeling and emotion as well? Because if it extends past physical objects, altruism is rarely possible.

    Following a generous act, people often have a period of time when they feel emotionally sated by said action. So if the biological belief of altruism includes emotional response, then having a positive response would inherently cancel out any altruistic possibility due to it being an increase, not a decrease, in fitness.

    I am attempting, though with a very pessimistic outlook, to open a discussion regarding the emotional impact of generosity and the feeling of “doing good” that often follows a seemingly selfless act. But does this positive feeling negate the possibility of altruism?

    Though altruism does not exactly equal generosity, but both fall under a similar umbrella which is why I bring the topic up. Different driving forces bring people to act selflessly and those reasons must be looked at in order to decipher if what someone does is genuine or rather a
    façade.

    Like

    • I do agree with you that altruism can vary greatly between definitions, especially the definition in terms of a biological perspective and personal perspective, and that there is always something gain from helping other, both emotionally and physically. While yes, you can never truly be considered “Altruistic”, as something is always received for “altruistic” act, altruism itself should not be looked down upon in this kind, and should be actively pursued by those who want to be above and beyond themselves in life.

      Like

  6. Altruism has invariably remained a quintessential part of our human societies for centuries, as this sometimes overlooked quality of life is a chief motivator for those who understand what is truly important and necessary for a jubilant course of life. Growing up alone and distant from the majority of American society has molded and forged my personal views on society in a unique, but bizzare train of thought. From my early childhood, I was taught to distrust and actively distant myself from others who I believed would have caused me harm and torment, which ruined for me many of friendships and comradery among others for the majority of my life.
    As I began to grow elder and reached the milestone of adulthood however, my personality adapted to accepting others, and I began to actively seek out enjoyment from others. Currently, I truly believe that altruism and selflessness is a concept that we should all strive for in life, even though your own selflessness might hurt you in the short term, the long term benefits from helping others is instrumental to your own mental health. As I had learned from one of my personal role models in life, people are the most important assets in your life, even if it may seem that others try and bring you down in life. Without the companionship and commodity of those who you deem important and influential in life, what would you consider life to be?

    Like

  7. I believe that generosity can be incorporated into every aspect of your life. Ever since I was a child, my mother taught me the importance of being kind to others. She also taught me the golden rule: “treat others the way you would like to be treated.” Even though I am a lot older now, I still integrate this lesson into my life in every way I can. Currently, I work in an assisted living facility, and I care for residents with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Alzheimer’s is an awful disease, but I hope that in some way I can make their lives a little better. I love seeing their faces light up when I do small favors for them like helping them get dressed or painting their nails. These things may only take me a few minutes to do, but they make my residents feel happy and confident. Also, my residents have a special place in my heart, and it makes me so happy that I get to help them in any way that I can. Even if they don’t remember my name or who I am, they always know that I am someone they can trust, and I think that is a beautiful thing. When I leave work, I feel very fulfilled knowing that my generosity is being appreciated by my residents. They may not be able to express their appreciation through words, but just a simple smile is enough for me. Generosity can be measured in many different ways; it could be a grant gesture or just a simple act of kindness.

    Like

  8. Throughout my lifetime, I’ve moved from state to state; country to country. My dad was in the Air Force for the entirety of my life, so every two or three years, I would get to experience a whole new point of view. Because of this, I believe in the power of humanity. No matter where I traveled, I always experienced beauty at the hands of people. In Turkey, I saw those plagued with poverty taking time to rescue hundreds of animals abandoned on the streets. In North Carolina, many people donated school supplies to my peers who could not afford to buy their own. In Washington, children would sit on street corners with shovels and salt to assist when cars would get stuck in the snow. These things may not have been skills that could be used in a work environment or put on a resume, but they show how we, as humans, will go out of our way to assist others. That, to me, is something to believe in. No matter the cost, it brings us joy to help those in need. Whether that be by saving a life or by simply helping someone get to work in time, those things are worthy of our praise. Nothing gives me greater joy than those memories. So, simply, I believe in the natural good of humanity.

    Like

    • It is amazing that you have seen so much of the world hopefully we can take this information and give back to society.

      Like

  9. For the past few years I have I have volunteered with a monthly program called Blessings in a Backpack. The organization provides weekend meals for kids in the public school system that their families can not afford food on the weekends. I am in charge of moving the boxes full of the lunches. Coming from Brockton we have a huge population that is in less fortunate families. I have always believed in giving opportunities to everyone you can. By giving lunches to the elementary level kids we give them a chance to learn and get the best education possible. The kids receive free breakfast and lunch at school during the school week but go home to a place that has no food. Blessings in a Backpack give these bags full of non-perishable food that is discreetly put in their bags on Friday. These bags of food have known to be the highlight of some of these kids entire weekend. I believe helping others with out expecting something in return is needed in each community. By volunteering it helps those in need as well as helps the person that volunteered feel like they did something that will truly make a difference and makes them feel good about themselves. I have always believed that if you help others when they are in need that you might make others feel like they want to help out also.

    Like

  10. Metaphors are arguably the most prominent, yet invisible things in our day to day lives. Our natural instincts are to delve into meaning; the meaning of our actions, emotions, and words. In whichever way we choose to represent these aspects of our lives, they always have something more to tell than just what meets the eye. Saying this, I believe the metaphor by Post-Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh, “conscience is a man’s compass,” is extremely powerful in aiding our ability, and personally mine own, to understand our world and others beyond our single perspectives.
    When dealing with others, whether that be a family member, peer or otherwise, empathy becomes our single most powerful tool is differentiating ourselves as part of their solution, or part of their problem. Allowing yourself to take part in other’s issues, civil issues, and beyond opens up a plethora of knowledge and humanity that we would’ve been lacking otherwise. Educating ourselves, I believe, is our most useful asset in navigating the realities we live in.
    I have endlessly in the past acted in leadership positions, whether that be within my extracurriculars, work, or day to day instances. In many cases, I used to feel as if I was giving so much, and receiving little in return. There, however, became a moment where I accepted that had I not done all that I could’ve, acknowledged the fact that others entrusted me with their personal tribulations, that I was potentially doing wrong by them. The opportunity to help is the most rewarding and worthwhile thing I have been blessed enough to receive.
    Your conscience is the most powerful voice in your life; it will never cease to stop speaking to you, so I believe feeding it the best you can not only benefits others, but especially yourself. Somehow, in the midst of guiding others, I have encompassed myself to a life of gratitude. With that, I am equipped to take on quite literally anything, as anyone else I’ve touched can be as well.

    Like

    • I completely agree with your points, especially when you pointed out that enriching ourselves as human beings, our empathy, and understandings of our own humanity requires us to engage and help others in our community(s). Personally, I feel as though feedings one’s conscience is a benefit to everyone as we guide one-another in times of trouble and tranquility.

      Like

  11. Growing up, I can remember being in the car with my family and friends, being told to not look at homeless people or to give them money, and to assume that the money is not going towards food and shelter. While in Boston to see a Red Sox game with my six friends from my high school softball team, we took trains to our destinations and along the way, saw many homeless people. Instead of turning away, one of my friends gave a dollar to one homeless man. He had appeared sad and lonely and when she had dropped the dollar into his cup, his face lit up as he thanked her.
    Flash forward ten days later to when I am at Panera with my older sister. We had just walked out and had almost made it to my car when I heard a boy’s voice say, “excuse me ladies.” When we turned around, we met a nice boy who informed us of a program he is a part of called Generation Peace. This program allows him to take a year off before going to college to develop character through faith and to raise money for tuition. He was selling 3D prints of various images and wanted to know if I would be interested in buying one. I unfortunately only had two dollars cash to offer him, but he was extremely grateful for my small donation, thanking me about five times before we parted.
    My friend’s small act of kindness drove me to do a small act of kindness. This made me realize how much of an effect we all have on each other. I believe we are all constantly setting examples for each other whether we know it or not. We should all strive to be the best version of ourselves, not only for ourselves, but for others to learn. I also believe that we do not have to conform to ways we’ve grown up around. We get to choose who we want to be and how we want to react to situations. Kindness and generosity come from the heart, and sometimes people need to see other’s hearts to know their own.

    Like

    • I agree with your point being generous is great and shows your character. You always have to be Generous and open hearted to everyone and anybody you never know what they were going through

      Like

  12. Throughout my years of schooling up until now I have learned so many things, the most important of those things was generosity. Generosity is the key to all peace in the world we live in which at many times can be hectic and unforgiving. I have learned generosity from various role models throughout my life, some of them being my parents, my brother, my teachers, my friends, and so many more. It is to these same role models that I am extremely humbled and thankful for what they have taught me and what I was now able to teach others. My generosity has created so many opportunities for me in my life, it has put me in numerous leadership positions where I was to be the role model that people would look up to and it was through my generosity that they would also learn by example just as I had before them. These positions of leadership have taught me that even when you’re in a position where the last thing you want to do is be generous because maybe you’re going through something or maybe someone got on your nerves that you should always be generous because you never know who’s watching and who will learn from the actions that you take. Many times your kindness and generosity may not be reflected or taken advantage of, but it is still important to always practice generosity not only will it positively affect your life but others who experience your generosity or witness your generosity as well.

    Like

  13. I believe that people can change; noone should have everyone give up on them because of one horrible mistake. I say this because of my fathers infamous back story. My dad was a father of five and had children with multiple women. It was hard for him to keep his head above water dealing with all of the payments for every kid. So my father decided to start drug dealing to provide for his kids and be financially stable. After a couple years he was caught by police and thrown in jail for seven years. He then worked on how he could make himself a better man and set and example for his kids all while being behind bars. He got his G.E.D while in jail and when he was set free he attended a community college. Most people judged my father based on his criminal past and bad decision making. They would say things like, “don’t trust that kid I know his father” or “that’s Robs kid he must be bad news”. But what they didn’t know about my father is he tried to turn his life around for the better and teach his kids not to follow in his footsteps. But my father didn’t have enough time to finish his goals. After being released from jail in 2010 he died from a severe blood clot in 2011. He was not able to get his degree and prove everyone wrong. So I took it upon myself to do it for him. Society needs to stop being so small minded and give people the chance they deserve to change.

    Like

Comments are closed.