#58 Be Grateful for Philanthropists

#58 Philanthropists

Another amazing day in this world. So much fun and gratitude and things to explore. It is snowing again and I can get over how beautiful those snow flakes are if you really study them up close 🙂

So today I wanted to give you an insight in our fantastic people that give a tremendous amount of money to help out with very important causes in humanity. They give because they know as entrepreneurs with a lot of money it comes a lot of responsibility back onto them to also give back to the community that have given them a abundance of money.

So my question to you will be why should you be grateful for Philanthropists?

  • They give a lot.
  • They share their knowledge.
  • Their time.
  • Their money.
  • They give of love and passion.
  • They want to help.
  • Because they are in a position to help humanity.
  • For who they are.
  • For being wealthy.
  • For their ideas.
  • For their hearts.
  • For their smiles.
  • For their efforts to give and help.
  • Because a lot of them came from a place and want to help people that were in their situation.
  • For their experience.
  • For the people they know.

  • For their parents.
  • For their families.
  • For their thoughts.
  • For their innovations and inventions.
  • For that they can help to change something!
  • For caring.
  • For achieving abundance and sharing from it.
  • For giving people options.
  • For being someone that helps a local community.
  • For building buildings.
  • For providing equipment.
  • For giving people the ability to go to school.
  • For feeding people.
  • For helping solve crisis.

You might even know a Philanthropist in your own community someone that are always involved in local activities and want to give of their time, money and knowledge to help solve problems.

Everyone can be a philanthropist since everyone can give of their knowledge or time even if they are broke. I think we need to look to all those who devote a lot of time and knowledge to their communities in forms of being on boards and being involved in the community. And that they care so much that they step up and take leadership positions because they want to change or to give of themself 🙂

So my question to you why don’t you start to think philanthropically?

There is a universal law out there the law of giving and receiving that says the more you give time, money or knowledge the more you will receive. So take action in your local community or city and step up with a philanthropic mindset and change the world around yo for a better place!!

Where does philanthropy originate from?

Etymology and original meaning

It is generally agreed that the word was coined 2,500 years ago in ancient Greece by the playwrightAeschylus, or whoever else wrote Prometheus Bound. There (line 11) the author told as a myth how the primitive creatures that were created to be human, at first had no knowledge, skills, or culture of any kind—so they lived in caves, in the dark, in constant fear for their lives. Zeus, the tyrannical king of the gods, decided to destroy them, but Prometheus, a Titan whose name meant “forethought,” out of his “philanthropos tropos” or “humanity-loving character” gave them two empowering, life-enhancing, gifts: fire, symbolizing all knowledge, skills, technologyarts, and science; and “blind hope” or optimism. The two went together—with fire, humans could be optimistic; with optimism, they would use fire constructively, to improve the human condition.

The new word, φιλάνθρωπος philanthropos, combined two words: φίλος philos, “loving” in the sense of benefitting, caring for, nourishing; and ἄνθρωπος anthropos, “human being” in the sense of “humanity”, or “human-ness”. At that mythical point in time, human individuality did not yet exist because there was no culture—including language, skills, and other differentiating attributes. What Prometheus evidently “loved”, therefore, was not individual humans or groups of individuals, but human potential—what these proto-humans could accomplish and become with “fire” and “blind hope”. The two gifts in effect completed the creation of humankind as a distinctly civilized being. ‘Philanthropía’—loving what it is to be human—was thought to be the key to and essence of civilization.[1]

The Greeks adopted the “love of humanity” as an educational ideal, whose goal was excellence (arete)—the fullest self-development, of body, mind and spirit, which is the essence of liberal education. The Platonic Academy‘s philosophical dictionary defined Philanthropia as: “A state of well-educated habits stemming from love of humanity. A state of being productive of benefit to humans.” Philanthropia was later translated by the Romans into Latin as, simply, humanitas—humane-ness. And because Prometheus’ human-empowering gifts rebelled against Zeus’ tyranny, philanthropia was also associated with freedom and democracy. Both Socrates and the laws of Athens were described as “philanthropic and democratic”—a common expression, the idea being that philanthropic humans are reliably capable of self-government.

Putting all this together in modern terms, there are four relatively authoritative definitions of “philanthropy” that come close to the Classical concept: John W. Gardner’s “private initiatives for the public good”; Robert Payton’s “voluntary action for the public good”; Lester Salamon’s “the private giving of time or valuables…for public purposes” and Robert Bremner’s “the aim of philanthropy…is improvement in the quality of human life”. Combining these to connect modern philanthropy with its entire previous history, “philanthropy” may best be defined as, “private initiatives for public good, focusing on quality of life”.

This distinguishes it from government (public initiatives for public good) and business (private initiatives for private good). Omitting the definite article “the” with “public good” avoids the dubious assumption that there is ever a single, knowable public good, and in any case people rarely if ever agree on what that might be; rather, this definition merely says that the benefactor intends a “public” rather than an exclusively “private” good or benefit. The inclusion of “quality of life” ensures the strong humanistic emphasis of the Promethean archetype.

The classical view of philanthropy disappeared in the Middle Ages, was rediscovered and revived with the Renaissance, and came into the English language in the early 17th century. Sir Francis Bacon in 1592 wrote in a letter that his “vast contemplative ends” expressed his “philanthropia”, and his 1608 essay On Goodness defined his subject as “the affecting of the weale of men… what the Grecians call philanthropia”. Henry Cockeram, in his English dictionary (1623), cited “philanthropie” as a synonym for “humanitie”(in Latin, humanitas) — thus reaffirming the Classical formulation. In that form it came into full flower as a leading ideal of the Enlightenment, and particularly of the Scottish Enlightenment, in the works of Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury and Frances Hutcheson. From there it entered the mainstream of American Enlightenment thought, and the spirit of philanthropy that informed the American Revolution—seePhilanthropy in the United States.

“My theme for philanthropy is the same approach I used with technology: to find a need and fill it.” -An Wang

John Thore Stub Sneisen(c)


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