Discuss the June 2017 Book of the Month, Superhighway by Alex Fayman. Superhighway is the first book in the Superhighway Trilogy, so feel free to use this forum to discuss not only the first book but also the other books in the series.

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Re: Phillantropist?

Post by kfwilson6 »

Aimy wrote:
04 Jul 2017, 12:57
Yes, I would love to be generous. However, to be generous, we don't need a lot of money. Little deeds of kindness, tender words of care, a smile and just a helping hand, that may not be a big deal for us, can bring happiness or at least a little comfort in someone's life. As for as money is concerned, spending it to bring happiness in others lives is a means of bringing satisfaction in our lives. How can one be happy? if people around them are suffering and they know that they can get others out of their afflictions by just spending some money.
I love this post. I read the first few responses and got hung up on the fact that everyone said "if I had a lot of money." I may not have a lot to give and it may not make a huge impact but if everyone who has a little gives a little it can make a huge difference. I work for a hospital and we have a Foundation that helps to fund it. Employees can have donations deducted from their payroll. We have about 1500 employees. If only $1 was given by each every pay day, the Foundation would receive $39,000 per year. Don't think your small contributions won't matter.

I also agree with those who said to be careful where your money goes. I have a coworker who gives money to the people begging by the interstate but I am so weary of what they will use it and whether or not they actually are in need.

Of course if I did have a lot of money I would be thrilled to share it. I live a typical middle class life with just enough money to cover my bills, extra expenses to fix up my house, and a few treats like eating out. I don't need much more than that. I have what I have aspired to have. As we say in the South, anything else is just lagniappe.

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Post by desantismt_17 »

I'd love to say yes, but I haven't come into the large sum of money yet. It might depend where it came from and exactly how much. I don't live an extravagant lifestyle, and if it was more money then I'd ever know what to do with, I could see myself being a philanthropist. Otherwise...I just don't know.
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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Post by VictoriaMcMillen »

I, most definitely, would become a philanthropist. I think it is imperative to give to those struggling when you are struggling no longer. I also believe there are responsible ways to do so, that you do not have to go broke, or just throw money at situations either. I would have liked to see Alex use his gift to connect more people that needed each other,.As well as make sure others were taken care of that he already had first-hand knowledge of.
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Post by KRay93 »

I am not one of those people who value human life too much, but I value money even less. I think I would never become a philanthropist, but I definitely would have no problem giving money if I had too much of it.

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Post by teacherjh »

Most people say they would be more generous if they had more money. In truth, if you are not giving something now, you probably wouldn’t if you got more wealth.

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Post by Jgideon »

Yes, I would be a philanthropist. I agree with Raikyuu that "A true philanthropist is not just someone who gives a sum of money, but rather one who makes sure that the money would be put into good and efficient use".

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Post by Storm+ »

If I was given a large sum of money, I would donate everything that I didn't need to survive, but I would also need to do my due diligence to make sure every cent made it to someone who needed it.

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Post by Atara Miles »

I don't think Alex BECAME a philanthropist, per se. He always seemed to want to help others, so the feeling was there, which is what philanthropy is - the love of humanity. I always promised myself that if I made it big, I would give back to those who deserve it, as logically speaking I wouldn't spend all that some in my short lifetime, unless I made some realllly unnecessary purchases. I think I would set aside a comfortable sum for my relatives and descendants and donate some to charity and invest the remainder.

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