Wednesday, January 1

Generosity and Greed

Christmastime had come again, with it's gay tidings and joyful gift-giving. But every coin has two sides and with the generosity of Christmas came the greed of the season too.With every penny dropped into the Salvation-Army bucket,  three coins were kept for no reason other than greed. "Charity! What a useless thing!"

The stores advertised their sales: 50% off, buy 1 get 1 free, limited time only! And with each sagacious purchase made in honor of a loved or cherished one, three purchases were made to fill the closets of the buyer. Business men rubbed their hands with greed as they saw sales send their profit lines into the black.

The little children were pranced to the malls and made to wait in long lines to see that generous man of Christmas, Old Saint Nick. And while these Santa Clauses from near and far represented the idea of a generous heart, they gave nothing while taking up their paychecks and collecting the greedy long lists of perpetually insatiate children. 

Oh yes, Christmas, the time when the greed of the season is so great, it threatens to squeeze out any true generosity from the heart.

9 comments:

  1. I so agree with you!! We have stopped buying gifts for friends, we stopped buying for each other a long time ago. I am happy to get something for someone if I know they would like it, be it $10 or a $100.

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  2. I too have stopped buying gift for friends and relatives as I too find that it is not worth it as most of the time if may not be appreciated. I rather buy something for a person who really appreciates it.

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  3. lets all understand this and take hold of the situation.

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  4. Well said! But sad that it has to be said at all...
    Helping others and the love of family are greater gifts than diamonds.

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  5. Well said but so said to have to say. My gift to my 5 adult children is a family photo shoot and one 5x7 picture of their choice. They also had a box made by a friend planted up with bulbs in colours they like to flower in spring.
    My grandsons had wooden produce for their toy kitchen that their mum and dad bought them..some friends had boxes also .and finally friends had gifts that I had received last year that were not my thing. I was honest with each recipient.minstead of sending cards an item will be given to the food bank

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  6. We just exchange small gifts which add joy to our life. The more important thing for us to celebrate together. While the pressure of buying has grown larger in Germany, too, it's still a long way from the pressure in the USA.

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  7. I was taken aback by the gluttony and greed I witnessed, or maybe just noticed this year. It seems people only care about what they get and how much it costs, when they forget what the real reason for the season is.

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  8. So sad, we must move to make a better place in all of our own corners of the world, together we can get this done!

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  9. It saddens my heart to think that greed has overcome generosity, but this does seem to be the case...

    Great post for the letter "G"!

    A++

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