When we think of philanthropy, we most often think of rich people giving money to charitable causes. This a wonderful thing. The more we can be generous and support those with less than us, the better. And money is a very practical, tangible way to do so.
But it’s not the only way.
In its broadest, truest meaning philanthropy is simply the love (phil-) of humankind (-anthro). It’s the opposite of misanthropy. It really has nothing inherently to do with money. It’s simple the act of loving humanity through simple acts of kindness and generosity.
We can all be all philanthropists. It’s not restricted to those of us financial means and the flexibility and time that affords. All we have to do is be kind to humans and supportive of the project of humanity itself.
How do you practice philanthropy?
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