The best way to fix greed

Essay by neil n christieUniversity, Bachelor'sB, January 1997

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The Best Way to Fix Greed

Giving money to a charity really should be given from the heart, not just to make people look better. Donating to the poor or the sick should not be just for recognition of oneself. Giving should be done, not to get a name in the newspaper or on a plaque, but to help those who are less fortunate. In order to make the giving valuable, to the giver, they should experience or witness the lives of the less fortunate or sick. Community service is a very valuable way to get something out of life and give something back.

Community service can help the more fortunate to understand and appreciate the needs of the sick, the poor and the destroyed environment.

Volunteering in a hospital will help teach healthy people the importance of life. Going into the hospital can help the volunteer learn the value of life and how important every minute of life really is.

For instance, women and men who volunteer in an infant AIDS ward may learn to take better care of themselves so that they will have healthy children someday. Young people who volunteer in a geriatrics ward may realize the importance of Mom and Dad, have more patience for old people and have much to learn from the elderly.

Working without pay in a homeless shelter helps people learn that being poor is not wrong. It is just an unfortunate way of life for some. Volunteering in the shelters teaches us that we are all equal, whether we have money or not. Homeless and poor people have families too: husbands, wives, children, even pets. Getting to know people who have less helps us remember that they have all the capabilities of a human being.

People can learn to appreciate...