The Jewish philosopher Maimonides (1136-1204) once wrote a Guide for the Perplexed, in which he created a “ladder of charity” with 8 rungs on it:
Recently I got my $1,200 stimulus check in the mail. Although it’s always nice to get extra money, people like me (semi-retired, no debts, no kids) don’t actually need the extra help–while many others (who can’t work from home or don’t have a job or who have kids, debts, or expenses) could really use a lot more than $1,200. I have decided to give part of my stimulus check to UCN’s endowment fund for social justice. The neat thing about this particular fund is that it uses the interest (generated by the principal) to do what Maimonides referred to as the highest rung on the ladder of charity, and it does so in perpetuity. Talk about “immortality of influence”!
I realize that not all of us at UCN can afford to give away all (or part) of our stimulus check. But for those who can, I recommend donating to some organization that works for justice in the community or the world. You won’t be known and thanked by future generations who are helped by your generosity; but in a way, isn’t that the coolest part of it all?
peace and unrest,