Being generous does not cost much, and yet, sometimes, it is paid at a high price. How often have we done something for one or more people in a totally sincere and altruistic way, and then reap negative attitudes or mistrust as a consequence of our good deeds?
Differentiate generosity and ingenuity
To be generous is not to expect something in return for our actions, it is a free action, realized by necessity, the desire to help others, to offer one's own resources, personal or material, for the many other people. But being generous does not mean being naive.
The society in which we live today is based on the principles of materialism, and dictates that all action generates a reward. If I do something, then I have to receive something in exchange.
If the reward does not come, if I get nothing in exchange for my good deeds, then there is fraud, or an offense.
It is because of this materialist conception that one often considers a person who acts by pure generosity as an ingenuous, if he asks nothing in return.
In the dictionary the word "generosity" is defined as "this innate faculty of doing good, empathy, commitment and commitment to those who suffer or are in need” .
According to this definition, the material and tinged selfishness that we often have of those who act with generosity should disappear, since generosity appears as a disposition of emotional intelligence that seeks the good of others and that we should all develop.
Generosity, a human quality
It is often said that generosity is a truly human quality, and that it is innate to many people, but whatever it is – innate or acquired – it costs nothing to transmit it and instill it in the most young age.
It is indeed a tool that will allow us not only to be a better person but also to better understand others, to be more empathetic, to cooperate rather than to attack or denigrate.
To be generous is to adopt an attitude of cooperation that can enrich our environment.
Those who do not work with their loved ones can not create genuine emotional bonds, and so they deteriorate their own quality of life. If you offer resentment, you will only get rancor in return, if you show indifference, you will receive the same treatment in return.
It is therefore necessary that this painful conception of "too good too con" disappears from our society and that we value in a more just and open manner all these actions that help us to be better, without expecting anything in return.
Generosity is also an art and a form of very simple and pragmatic wisdom. People who do good around them understand that what they do for others, they do it for themselves.
Being generous is, in a way, putting into practice the proverb "treat others as you would like to be treated". The problem is that our society tends to push us towards a strong individualism and a growing isolation. But who knows, maybe that will change one day …
To be generous is necessary because it enriches us inwardly, and protects us, in a certain way, from the hardships of the modern world.