When Mother Teresa Drives a Ferrari
D.A. Wallach
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A conundrum that many will debate in the comfort of their homes, in front of a warm fire, drinking red wine over a meal with friends and family.

I struggle with the dilemma of co-existing in a world that offers me so much opportunity and clearly so little to others. Only because (in many cases) of when and where I was born.

But I don’t agree with calling “philanthropic giving” a scam.

Could I do more? Hell Yeh!

Do I? Occasionally.

Should I? Yep!

Would I give up everything and be like many selfless individuals who spend their whole lives helping others far less fortunate? No!

As a society and as individuals, could we do with less and give more in so many ways? Absolutely!

And the big one….WHY do I? unfortunately partly selfishness

Do I actually know whether my contribution helps? To a degree yes when I follow those charities but I don’t get the certainty and real sense first hand.

Articles like this do offer opportunities to reflect. That in itself is a good thing. It can resharpen a focus even in minor ways. It’s about challenging people.

As a business owner, I donate to charity via different mechanisms. We have communicated messages to our clients that illustrates we are more than just a money making venture.

Is it right or wrong? You could answer yes to both

Whether the philanthropist is using this strategy to build sales/profit or they genuinely care about a cause, either way there is significant benefit to those in need. If a business offers a commercial product that consumers want or need and give through those growing sales, then I can’t see an issue (wants vs needs and fruitless spending are a whole other debate).
Is it offering consumers an opportunity to feel good about themselves but not address or face the real issues? Possibly.
Charities and end benefactors would be grateful either way. If my business (by example) made personal or shareholder profit through taking advantage of, and/or the degradation of others, then that’s a different matter.
Many people espouse more extremist views whilst living within opportunity availed by a capitalist structure. “Compassionate capitalism” seems to take a moderate approach to doing something.

Capitalism rewards the entrepreneur. It’s what that person chooses to do with their money that determines how they influence the shaping of our world.

I do hope that as a younger generation ages, we’ll see positive change. That they have an influence on social justice and equality, reducing drug abuse and the list goes on. The vocal youthfully and idealistic minority is growing as it has with previous generations. Only time will tell.

Admiration should exist for those silently giving and those on the ground in unimaginable locations who help the sick, weak and disadvantaged.

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