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"We make a living by what we get – we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill

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Each of us has a reason for being here, a life-purpose. By helping others, you will achieve your own life-purpose.


Philanthropy means The Love of Humanity.

Every major religion in the world believes in the principle of loving humanity.   Moreover, there are two ways to bring about the outcome of philanthropy.  First are simple acts of charity.  Direct giving and assistance.  A loaf of bread for the hungry, a roof for the homeless.  The second are actions that empower the helpless to rise above their difficulties.  Institutions that apply this principle often provide education and training for livelihood and self-reliance.

In the current generation, millennials exercise philanthropy and are motivated by three factors, according to a recent study called the Millennial Impact.  These three factors are passion, meeting people, and enhancing their expertise.  These people indeed give their time, talent and treasure in the form of practicing their expertise, their skills and background experience, for a non-profit.

I have noticed that as I grow older the suffering of others touches me more and more.  Compassion, kindness and empathy have to be developed.  You can have a natural gift for being a listener or kind-hearted-ness, but those qualities must be intentionally developed for personal growth.  I am fortunate to be a carer which has allowed me to witness pain and suffering and given me the chance to show compassion and experience the rewards. There is nothing that can be said to someone going through suffering. Sometimes our presence offers more solace than any words would. I am truly touched when I witness these events, and I try to put myself in their shoes to feel what they feel.  When you start doing that it softens you, and human life and the human condition take priority.

It is so easy to lose our humanity.  A life that is self centered and ego-centric, coupled with a busy lifestyle will probably result in a loss of our humanity.  What is humanity?  Humanity is the act of being human along with the quality of humanity, which is benevolence.  Benevolence is an inclination to perform kind or charitable acts.  This is the human condition.  An absence of benevolence and compassion is inhumane.

How does someone lose their humanity?  It is lost when a person begins to only think about themselves,and when they no longer see the interconnectedness of all things.  Once self-cherishing begins, they are thrust into the emotional prison where envy, hate and greed are normally kept.  There they begin to believe the delusion that most people are bad and pitiful, and if they are down on their luck it is their own fault.  This is a false and selfish way of thinking, by engaging in this type of thought they are claiming that they received no help from anyone while on the path of success.

I am where I am today because of the kindness and compassion of others; beginning from my mother who carried me, to my family that showed me love and compassion.  As I grew there were many people that came into my life to help me, inspire me and push me to believe in myself.  If I were to sit here and say that I did everything on my own, it would be ungrateful and untrue.  With the understanding that I relied on the kindness of others gives me an obligation to do the same.  The only way for me to honour the kindness that I have received, is to be kind in return.  I would not want the sacrifices that people made for me to be in vain.  I would want them to look at me and see that it was worth it.

I cannot judge someone.  Not simply because I wouldn’t want to be judged in return, but because I can only see what is in front of me.  There is no way to see the world as another sees it or know the path they walked.  My vision is short sighted, I can’t see the big picture so I am not qualified to judge.  The universe works on the law of cause and effect, I let the universe take care of all the judgment.

It is our obligation to care for one another as one would care for themselves.  And if we can’t help or love them, we can at least refrain from hurting them by distancing ourselves.  The day we stop having compassion for others is the day others will no longer have compassion with us.  The world is a mirror and we receive exactly what is reflected to it.

What are you reflecting?


Financial Philanthropy

The Philanthropists takes philanthropy a step further than the traditional understanding of the rich helping the poor. Our policy is to extend the purpose by helping more people to become financially independent in order to strengthen and grow the wealth of the individual and society for the greater good.

“There has been a dramatic increase in the number of wealthy individuals as well as a shift in source of wealth in Britain”…

“Changes in amount and source of wealth are giving rise to a new type of donor – one who is younger, typically (but not necessarily) self-made and socially conscious. The new philanthropists want to be engaged in their giving, using their business experience and expertise to support the charity more closely.” (The Telegraph 2011)

Read full report here…

It is truly heart-warming and promising that more and more people are becoming socially conscious and that so many young entrepreneurs are emerging to add to the wealth of the country and the larger global community, whilst sharing their good fortune with those less fortunate than themselves. But I cannot help remind myself of the Chinese proverb: Give a man a fish and he’ll eat today. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat every day.

In other words we must work to educate people about the importance of creating wealth for their own good and for the good of all, so that they can take responsibility for their own lives and the lives of those who depend on them. It is only in the thorough application of this principle that the world could eventually see a decline in poverty and the beginnings of a state of better health, wealth and happiness among all people.

“Poverty causes theft, starvation, physical and mental suffering. Poverty denies basic human rights and needs. Poverty takes away self-respect and the many joys of life that money can provide. Worst of all, poverty removes the God-given power of choice. If you have money you can choose to keep it or give it away. You can choose to use it to help others; the elderly, the sick and the disabled. But without money you have no choice.”

If you would like to help others but first need help yourself, hopefully what you read on these pages will assist you. If you want to increase your income so you can be more generous to others, again you will find resources here to help you. If you need my advice, again my contact details are here and all you have to do is ask.

In closing, I hope that if you have a healthy body and mind that you will support us in our mission and make use of the resources we provide, both for your own good and for the good of your fellow men.

In Friendship and in Charity,

John

 I set up this website and associated organisations to encourage as many people as possible to follow the principles of philanthropy and charity in order to make the world a better place. It may sound like a tall order but if I as one person can change my life in this way, I know you and countless others can. Every journey begins with a single step. Please take that step today.

For a better understanding of our mission please check out the rest of this site and associated links.

You can contact us direct using the Contact Page

 

Love

Love is hard to define. From poets to psychologists to everyday people, the endless effort to explain what love is and means beyond “you know it when you feel it” has led to innumerable results. Making things even trickier is the concept of unconditional love, which some say is the only true kind of love, while others call it impossible. To believe in unconditional love, and to actually love unconditionally, requires a great deal of thought, action, and faith. Only you can decide if and how you can (or should) love unconditionally, but the following article will hopefully assist you on that path.

Consider the types of love that exist. The ancient Greeks did so, and defined four variations. Of the four, the term agape most closely equates to unconditional love. Agape love is a choice, a decision made to love regardless of circumstances or disappointments.

  • Thus, unconditional love means loving another in his or her essence, as he or she is, no matter what he or she does or fails to do.People with children usually seem to understand this notion best of all.
  • It is also learned and practiced. You must choose to love unconditionally.
  • Parents might counter that they had no choice but to love their children from the moment they laid eyes on them, but that initial flush of attachment is, perhaps imperceptibly, replaced by an ongoing decision to love the child regardless of circumstances'

"I love you as you are, as you seek to find your own special way to relate to the world, or the way you feel that is right for you. It is important that you are the person you want to be and not someone that I or others think you should be."

I realize that I cannot know what is best for you although perhaps sometimes I think I do. I've not been where you have been, viewing life from that angle you have, I do not know what you have chosen to learn, how you have chosen to learn it, with whom, or in what time period. I have not walked life looking through your eyes, so how can I know what you need.

I allow you to be in the world without a thought or word of judgment from me about the deeds you undertake. I see no error in the things you say and do, in this place where I am. I see that there are many ways to perceive and experience the different facets of our world. I allow without reservation the choices you make in each moment.

I make no judgment of this for if I were to deny your right to evolution, then I would deny that right to myself and all others. To those who would choose a way I cannot walk, whilst I may not choose to add my power and my energy to this way, I will never deny you the gift of love that God has bestowed within me for all creation, as I love you so I shall be loved; as I sow, so I shall reap.

I allow you the universal right of free will to walk your own path, creating steps or to sit a while if that is what is right for you. I will make no judgment of these steps, whether they are large or small, nor light or heavy or that they lead up or down, for this is just my viewpoint. I see you do nothing and might judge it to be unworthy. And yet, it may be that you bring great healing as you stand blessed by the light of God.

I cannot always see the higher picture of divine order. For it is the inalienable right of all life to choose their own evolution and with great love I acknowledge your right to determine your future. In humility I bow to the realization that the way I see is best for me does not have to mean that it is also right for you. I know that you are led as I am following the inner excitement to know your own path.

I know that the many races, religions, customs, nationalities and beliefs within our world bring us great richness and allow us the benefit of teachings of such diverseness. I know we each learn in our own unique way in order to bring that love and wisdom back to the whole. I know that if there were only one way to do something, there would need to be only one person. I will not only love you if you behave in a way I think you should, or believe in those things I believe in. I understand you are truly my brother and sister though you may have been born in a different place and believe in another God than I.

The love I feel is for all of God's world. I know that every living thing is part of God and I feel a love deep within every person, and every tree, and flower, every bird, river, ocean and for all the creatures in all the world. I live my life in loving service being the best me I can, becoming wiser in the perfection of divine truth, becoming happier in the joy of unconditional love.