Recently, I attended a meeting of a philanthropic organization called St. Nicholas Philoptochos Society that is organizing a fashion show for the purpose of lending support for Autism Speaks. Why I am writing about this? Well, as I was sitting in the meeting it occurred to me that numerous meetings such as this are taking place almost everyday for many, many different reasons. Why do we, as humans, do philanthropic work?
What is in “human nature” that results in so many good deeds done for those in need? At the before-mentioned meeting I witnessed many attendees express great emotion – hoping to influence the decisions and have the fashion show “go their way.” All of the attendees were engaged in the meeting. No one was drifting or not concerned. Having been a teacher in my past, I could only wish that my students were as involved as those at the meeting. And the purpose? To do something for someone in need.
Why do we do these things as humans? What is it in us that causes us to do such things?
What do you think?