Jan. 18th, 2011

Rant

Jan. 18th, 2011 01:42 pm
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I just encountered a rant which triggered an urge to rant myself. the subject: "give till it hurts."

I have never understood the sentiment behind that phrase.

Even in it's most positive usage, I can't help but think that it is counter productive. If followed regularly, it will result in one of two things; an unwillingness to continue to give at that level among those of lesser dedication and an inability to continue to give at that level among those who initially are willing to dig deeper at the start. I suppose that "Give until just before it hurts," or "Give until you experience discomfort," just don't have the same snap to them.

And the reason that this set me off, is that everyone that I've ever encountered who used that phrase has had their own ideas about what sort of "luxuries" you should be willing to give up to facilitate your giving. And if your priorities differ from theirs, well you are just being selfish even if you are giving more than they would expect in a different area.

And some of the people using the phrase are just hypocrites. The rant that got me going, which I read on the internet, listed internet access as one of the things people don't really need and should be willing to go without in order to help the needy. It would be nice to believe that it was his/her last post before taking his/her own advice, but I wouldn't bet on it.

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