Ok, I have agreed with both you hawkeye, and you david on other topics. But this is bullshit!
Handing children money teaches them NO responsibility or self reliance at all!
That might be accurate, but that 's NOT
the reason that I do it. For the last few decades, I 've had a hobby
of giving $1OO.oo bills
to strangers (usually cute chics in stores, or the street) who don t expect it.
I 've also done something like it qua children, hurling coins (dimes, and up to silver dollars
and sometimes $1O Gold Pieces
) UP so that thay fall in the grass, like an Easter Egg Hunt.
I abhor people who have things handed to them
through no ingenuity or hard work of their own!
U r not getting your BMW ready to run them over, r u ???
If you get things handed to you in life, not only does that lessen
your appreciation for them; it makes you feel entitled.
I have found that thay can get jaded
For instance, last evening, I threw coins to 2 brothers aged 9 & 11.
The younger boy decided that he 'd accept only half dollar or
full dollar coins. His brother was willing also to accept dimes & quarters
from the grass, but he left many of them down there, saying that he will
"get them tomorrow." The coins had declined in the boys' hierarchy of values
since the first distribution of coins to which thay were party.
That did not apply to their dad, who remained VERY HAPPY
and was smiling most broadly as he expressed profuse gratitude.
There is NO integrity in having life handed to you on silver platter!
I dunno how u r defining "integrity".
I threw the coins in service of hedonism
, not integrity.
In past years, I have dropped coins in grass from hot air balloons,
as thay pass in the sky. I dunno, but I suspect that a lot of people
do not expect money to come raining down from colorful balloons.
I thought that might be a good surprize, not necessarily related to "integrity".
When I was in the 3rd Grade, I was practicing reading in school, at age 8.
We read (inter alia
) a story of some guy who threw coins to some European peasants.
Thay called him ScatterGold
In later years, I thought it'd be fun to make myself ScatterGold
to people who don t expect it.
Sometimes, its fun.