Posted by Karol at 09:32 AM
That expression, “giving back to the community” always gets me. Back? Did a rich guy borrowed something from the “community” that he has an obligation to return? Not more than any other member of that dubious conglomerate.
Community didn’t do him any favors – on the contrary, if he’s an owner of a business, his every breath is taxed, sometimes twice, already – and where the money go? Mostly to support various government bureaucrats; very rarely it reaches it’s declared purpose, the “community”. No wonder those bureaucrats want to divert public focus at the innocent- while getting rich (yes!) by leaching on the productive.
Tatyana, look up Andrew Carnegie.
Why stop at Carnegie? You can command me to look up Kings, and Cabbage, бузину и дядьку. With the same effect.
Once you are content, sometimes you look to your legacy is all I’m saying. If you made your money the hard way, you know what to do to bring on the next ‘you’.
But you are right. Do it cause you want to and not because you have to.
I read somewhere recently that if you are rich and Texan, charitable donation is the norm for your social life.
Look up “philanthropist”.
There is a difference between “giving back” and “giving”.
In a word: obligation.
Which could be real, like a loan you have to return, or invented and false – like this “giving back to community” business.