Philanthropy Vs. Service
Feb 28, 2012
I got a kind note today that pointed to a significant difference between being a philanthropist (donating money) and a volunteer (giving time): "Dear Nipun, I was inspired by the story of your walking pilgrimage in India as well as your dedication to volunteering. I have been caught in a dilemma because our society upholds the notion that we need money to live, but I have found no happiness in this. Through the pursuit of making a living I find I am not living at all. I have asked myself if it is in fact possible to do what I love, which is serving humankind, and still be able to have food and shelter? You have warmed my heart with the truth that it is possible. And for this I would like to thank you. Much Love, Corey" While both philanthropy and service are rooted in generosity, only one of them has properties that can apply to all; that is, we cannot have a world where everyone is a philanthropist but we can have a world where everyone approaches their actions with a heart of service.