Thursday, October 25, 2007

Compassion is Compassion Neither Conservative Nor Liberal

The Entrepreneurial Mind had an inspiring post on Giving in the Entrepreneurial Culture. He cites Dr. Arthur Brooks of Syracuse University and author of Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism.

He (Dr. Brooks) summarized his findings by dispelling the four common myths about giving:

Myth #1: Giving makes us poorer
Giving is not the zero sum that so many assume. Those who give become richer over time.

Myth #2: People are naturally selfish
As mentioned above, we seem to be hard-wired to give. It is not natural for humans to be selfish. Rather, it is natural to give to others.

Myth #3: Giving is a luxury
The working poor give the highest percentage of their income of all income brackets. Second come the rich. The stingiest are the upper middle class.

Myth #4: An entrepreneurial nation can afford to forgo service
In fact service is part of what seems to have built our entrepreneurial culture and economy.

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