It's the development of intention that matters. When I was 6, I had somehow come into possession of $5. I asked my mom for an envelope, and when she gave it to me, I put the $5 inside, and told her I wanted to send it to people who needed it more than we did. She recommended the Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/), as she knew it as a charity that has little controversy and helps a wide range of people.
I am now 23, and with a job, can afford to give larger amounts to charities I support. However, what matters is not how much one can give, but the desire to create change – the inspiration that causes people to give (also the subject of this essay competition).
My parents/experiences gave me a realization that created this desire. What inspired me to give in 1998 (and to continue giving today) is the realization that we are all human beings, born in different circumstances, yet fundamentally the same. Without argument, we are all biological beings with similar wants and needs, and when those are not met (i.e., hunger), unhappiness spawns. That we are all human beings inspires me to continue pursuing human development. What I see as my current life goal is to start HUMAN, an international nonprofit human developmental organization that I hope will some day change all humans' experience for the better.
The Red Cross likely didn’t take much notice of my $5. But if the world can instill in many more people a realization that we are all just human beings, we will continue our progression towards peace, harmony, and ultimately, human happiness.
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