Being A Philanthropist

by Juliana2 on September 16, 2015 - 4:30pm

To be a philanthropist, means to give some of your money to people who are less fortunate than you during their life time, people who have been less lucky during their up-bringing. Coming from someone who grew up in a very poor country, I would have loved to have any international aid to make my life and the ones of my family easier.

 

According to the Amsterdam Declaration of 2002, being a humanist means being ethical which from my point of view also means being a philanthropist. Giving your time, effort and money in order to better the life’s of those less fortunate. For example the “Bill and Melinda foundation” help achieve the goals that many people put on themselves to help others.

 

Personally I make it my life goal to always help those in need, like giving to charity or sending money to the family I left in my native country. Many humanist from the BHA (British Humanist Association) will participate in at least 6 charities. Some people might think that giving a little money will have no effect on suppressing malnutrition, diseases, etc. But if we all give we might be able to completely eradicate those curses.

 

Let’s take example on Deanie and Mario Moutons (Howard Katz) who are a couple that are raising their two children to become humanist philanthropists. Proof that you can never be too young or too old to begin helping someone you do not know but who might eternally grateful to you.


 

Comments

A small article on being a humanist philanthropists

A very good article on being a philanthropist

It's true that there are people in impoverish countries who are far less fortunate than you and I, but I think we overlook the less fortunate that are right here living with us right now. It's hard to help people in other countries because even if you donate your money to a foundation or a charity there really is no way of knowing for sure that all that money is going to the people in need, but there are people near us that need our help too. You see a homeless man on the streets, and you're not sure to give him money or not because you're afraid that he might use it on drugs? Buy him a burger. Buy him a cup of hot coffee. Give him that jacket you have laying in the back of your closet. Help comes in forms other than money too. I'm not writing this to make the starving kids in Africa seem less important, but what I am trying to get across is that if you want to do a philanthropic deed, it doesn't necessarily require you to send a can of beans to a kid a thousand miles away. There are people all around us that need help. Don't do nothing.

I would agree that the values portrayed by a Philanthropist are fundamentally humanist. The act of helping those in need is an ethical act. I would just like to point out the school of thought that helping other might be a selfish act. There are psychologist that have evidence to proves that exterior motives like personal satisfaction can be the reason for helping others.

I would agree that the values portrayed by a Philanthropist are fundamentally humanist. The act of helping those in need is an ethical act. I would just like to point out the school of thought that helping other might be a selfish act. There are psychologist that have evidence to proves that exterior motives like personal satisfaction can be the reason for helping others.