In 2012 the United Nations general assembly chose, 5th of September to observe the international day of charity, to commemorate the passing away of mother Theresa. The prime purpose of this day is to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world for individuals, charitable, philanthropic and volunteer organizations for their own purpose on the local national and international level.
Every religion talks about Charity, when someone gives food to the poor he is called a saint, but if someone was to ask, why is that the poor have no food, then the person becomes a communist strange isn’t it.
Charity is great, but somewhere to me, it reeks of a certain amount of feel good, to me an ideal world would where there is no need for charity. Think of this a bone to a dog is not charity, charity is the bone shared with the dog, when we are just as hungry as the dog.
Every religion talks of charity, there are charity boxes in religious houses, then there are charity balls, fund raising for charity, I mean the whole gamut, and if you look at the donation slips it always talks of tax exhumations.
A charity involves a giver and a receiver, the power play of haves and have-nots, the charity children are expected to be grateful for the crumbs thrown at them. But somewhere, the charity is bestowed by the receiver, for it he who enriches me by giving me an opportunity to share, not give.
One of the New age leaders mentioned that Islam flourishes because of charity, but charity if you have the means is a personal choice, but charity which is expected or compelled is simply a polite word for slavery.
“Charity, if you have the means, is a personal choice, but charity which is expected or compelled is simply a polite word for slavery.”
― Terry Goodkind, The Pillars of Creation