Philanthropy: The Love Of Humanity

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The word origin is Greek and with its classical origin is almost an obligation to think and over think. Poets and classical philosophers pondered what it meant to be human. 

Philanthropy in ancient Greek means “the love of humanity”. It had a humanistic origin.    Over the ages, the examination has become muddled in social science and economy.

In an apocalyptic consciousness of the twenty first century, what it means to be human has been tied with self judgments of our Greed, misuse of Power evidenced by our selfish exhaustion of planetary resources and Life. Game over, right?

The glorious beauty of humanity is visible today more than ever in the commitment and dedication of people who extend them selves to help others.  They give. They volunteer to make things better.  They recognize the pain and need and try to do something about it. Humanity shines.

So a philosopher asks a philanthropist, what inspires you to volunteer?

Is it the recognition of the reflection: Me and We?

For the history of philanthropy, visit

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