Joe Nation wrote: Quote:
Well, do u deny
that dropping cash near strangers whom u have seen only from
a (vertical) distance indicates good will (as distinct from dropping Napalm); is good will love ?
I think such an act stinks a little of arrogance and a little more of passive/agressive behavior.
There are far better ways of sharing.
Joe(You can think of some yourself.)Nation
I have little interest in collectivist charities.
It is not
my goal to SHARE.
If I coud accomplish my goal without sharing, I 'd do so.
That is only the incidental means
toward my goal.
Is is my goal to create hedonic thrills
in my donee beneficiaries;
instant gratification for them, to be followed by re-gratification
when thay get their jollies by purchasing something hedonic of their choice,
tho as far as I can remember, I have never been around
to witness any of those choices.
It is my filosofy that America is a better place
unexpected hedonic thrills, MORE GUNS
, and MORE
happy surprizes in it.
I think it is a decent bet that when those children got out of bed
that morning, thay did not expect a colorful balloon to come floating by overhead
and for money to be raining down into the grass free for the taking.
U think ?
It gives them something to discuss, anyway; conversation piece.
I imagine that their parents were somewhat surprized when the children got home,
because on many other occasions, money does not rain from the sky,
nor from colorful balloons. It coud be possible that thay mentioned it to their friends in school.
Mentally, thay re-live the experience (and its attendant emotions) with each re-telling.
After the collecting, thay get to count their cash, and do their Scrooge thing.
Maybe I shoud take the Farmer 's advice
and add $10 Gold Eagles to balloon-based distributions.
Examples of success and of failure:
I succeeded when at Disneyworld in 2000,
I passed some teenage girls,
and handed the prettiest one $20.
I knew that I had succeeded when she leaped up in the air
squealing with joy.
I failed on several occasions (maybe 3 or 4)
when I gave $2 or $3 to a street bum,
emptying public trash cans in search of refundable
bottles or cans. Each time, the donation was accepted
as tho I d handed him or her last week's newspaper.
One of the reasons for my donation program
is that (some) people who have returned from death, in hospitals,
have reported "life review experiences" during which thay have
felt the emotions that thay have inflicted upon others,
such that "what goes around comes around " in that sense.
So far as arrogance is concerned:
if this be arrogance, let us make the most of it,
with apologies to Patrick Henry.
I am reminded of a situation some months ago,
in a densely packed airport, as I rolled by with my luggage,
I saw about 6 young boys seated together, waiting for a plane
(give or take, around 10 or 12 years old). I threw a handful of dimes n quarters
on the carpet in front of them. Thay looked pretty happy, taking the coins,
except 2 of them,
who remained seated, inactively observing.
Thay have the liberty to ignore the opportunity.
I venture to say that even as to them,
it tended to break the monotony.
In the early 1990s, a boy 's mother told me that her oldest son
(whom I had not met) had a birthday; be became 13.
At the time, he was on crutches, with an injured foot; (NOT
from a falling coin).
I approached him and gave him a $20 bill and a $10 bill that I had at hand.
A few weeks later, in conversation, he said to me:
" U know, David, when u put that money in my hand,
was the MOST MONEY
that I had ever held in my hand in my life ! "
My quest to engender hedonic thrills had succeeded.
The last I heard of him, he was a medic in the Army.
Remember Johnny Appleseed ?
Sometimes I think of myself as David Serendipity Seed (in the sense of HAPPY SURPRIZES
I remember, as a kid in Phoenix, Arizona, we were forever getting free stuff
in school, but I deemed almost all of it to have little value
or no value
at all; we NEVER
got free cash in school.
I thought that it is better if free gifts HAVE
and free money has a certain versatility to it.
Y not ADOPT
my hobby ? It can be fun.
I don 't need a monopoly on it.
There is an organization somewhere, promoted by Oprah Winfrey,
whose motto is:
" Risk a R.A.S.K. " a random act of senseless kindness.
U know something weird ? In the 1970s, I attended a school for
development of ESP, where a numerologist predicted that in about 20 years,
I 'd become involved in some kind of philanthropy,
but that it 'd be somehow off-beat, strange or unusual.
I don 't understand the reference to "passive/aggressive".