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Letter: There is much to be gained in giving without guilt

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Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 12:00 am

I recently talked with a man who has spent his life in India. He was impressed with the Americans he has met who, when becoming aware of the plight and circumstances Indians are faced with, responded by wanting to help; some by giving money and others by wanting to do something, but not sure how. I pointed out to him that he may be surprised that Asians can help Americans out far more than he perceives.

The act of giving money to those less fortunate can feel rewarding, but unfortunately far too often it is done out of feeling guilty rather than sincerely wanting to help. From my experience, giving without expectation of something in return is most rewarding, especially when not done out of guilt.

I think what is most surprising to Americans when helping people in India, Thailand and China is discovering how happy and content so many are even when faced with real poverty. I find it ironic that so many Americans are bitter and angry over their circumstance when, in reality, they are far better off. Considering the abundance even the American poor enjoys, we should be far more happy.

I would like to encourage Americans to spend time and energy in these Asian villages for two reasons. One, you can make a difference economically to people who sincerely need it. People need hope that things will improve. Two, you will benefit and gain perspective in how you, too, can have wealth without money. You can be rich in happiness and be content with whatever you do have, instead of being envious or jealous with what others might have that you do not.

In my many Asian travels and activities in which I have crossed paths with economically deprived people, no matter how much I gave, I gained far more. By giving your time and energy to grateful humble people, you will gain something far more valuable than what you give.

I am happy to live in Lodi among many who see life as I do.

Darrell Baumbach

Acampo

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16 comments:

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:42 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    [sleeping]

    [lol]

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 8:57 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    [rolleyes]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:21 pm on Mon, Jun 23, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    [lol]

    Mr. Baumbach STATES in his letter that the Thai (Chinese, Indian) people are happy in their poverty. My comment RELATES to that in that it is amazing that they can be SO HAPPY being subjected to human rights abuses.

    You're wrong, Mr. Liebich, so stop your usual attempt to wiggle out your fabrications.

    At least my comment RELATED to Baumbach's, rather than YOUR comment about terrorists held in Afghanistan - one that you inadvertently admitted, in your zeal to prove Mr. Barrow wrong, had nothing to do with the topic of Mexican immigrants. [lol]

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 1:02 pm on Mon, Jun 23, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Darrell's letter is about how the act of giving money to those less fortunate can feel rewarding.

    Darrell's letter has absolutely nothing to do with Time magazine, the State Department, human trafficking, sex or Thai shrimp fishing.[lol]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:32 am on Mon, Jun 23, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Not [offtopic] at all, Mr. Liebich.

    Darrell Baumbach stated: "I think what is most surprising to Americans when helping people in India, Thailand and China is discovering how happy and content so many are even when faced with real poverty. "

    How people in Thailand and China can be "happy and content" when faced with human trafficking and enslavement, especially 6 year olds, is beyond me. Right ON TOPIC. I know you love to twist people's words, so it is not surprising that you didn't see how my comment and Darrall Baumbach's letter were connected.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 1:56 pm on Sat, Jun 21, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    [offtopic]
    "Your comment should NEVER have been posted and should now be deleted if Mr. Birch is doing his job and following the RULES of this forum."-Joanne Bobin
    [offtopic]

     
  • Christina Welch posted at 12:49 pm on Sat, Jun 21, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 434

    I'm not sure what you mean, Andrew. I read about FACTA and some of the negative effects that could arise from its implementation, but I don't see how it relates to our national debt--unless you mean its cost to administer. FACTA actually should help bring more money in, I think. It's going after tax dollars from people who hide their money overseas. I do see the possible problems like capital flight, but I think it might help our debt problem. Of course, I only did a cursory investigation of it, I could possibly be unaware of many details. I just hope you're wrong, and it isn't going to make things worse. [unsure]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:18 pm on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Apparently, Mr. Baumbach was a little mistaken in his belief that Thais are so happy in their poverty. It was released today that Thailand has been raised to Level 3 in its support of human trafficking where children as young as SIX are enslaved on shrimp boats for YEARS.

    From TIME Magazine, 6/20/2014: "Malaysia, Thailand and Venezuela have not made a substantial effort in the fight against human trafficking over the past year, the U.S. State Department said in a report released Friday.

    Thailand is among the worst offenders, according to the State Department. Recent news reports have highlighted widespread trafficking in the Thai fishing sector, where tens of thousands of migrants have been forced to work on fishing boats often without contracts or stable wages. Many others have been pushed into Thailand’s illegal sex trade.

    Though the Thai government reportedly paid a U.S. public relations firm $51,000 a month to help it boost its rating on the State Department report, the U.S. downgraded the country to the bottom tier, where it stands alongside 23 others including North Korea, Iran, Russia, China, Libya and Cuba. The 23 countries that were placed in the report’s lowest tier could face U.S. government sanctions on non-humanitarian, non-trade-related aid."

    Pray for these Thai slaves. They have no other hope than your prayers.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 1:22 pm on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    It's only going to get worse. The phased implementation of FACTA begins July 1st. [sleeping]

     
  • Christina Welch posted at 11:19 am on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 434

    Agreed, Kevin. Our massive national debt definitely threatens our standing as the "richest country in the world," especially for our children in their futures.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 10:02 am on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2081

    Given the $17TRILLION dollars of debt BOTH parties have led us to, I would NOT call us the "Richest country in the world". We (as a country) may have the most money flying around, but it is virtually all tied up in debts.

    When you owe more than you own, you have ZERO wealth (financially speaking)

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 7:06 pm on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1161

    [huh]

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 11:35 am on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    I agree Darrell. America's poor would be lower middle class to wealthy in most advanced nations.

    80% of poor households in America have air conditioning. nearly three-fourths have a car or truck, nearly two-thirds have cable or satellite TV and one-third have a wide-screen plasma or LCD TV.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 2:02 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Interesting. These two sentences are the core of this letter.

    "I find it ironic that so many Americans are bitter and angry over their circumstance when, in reality, they are far better off. Considering the abundance (really? abundance?) even the American poor enjoys, we should be far more happy."

    Is Mr. Baumbach actually comparing the poor in the United States to those in Third World countries? (although China and India are not a third world countries - but they certainly could do a lot more to help their poor)

    Or is he suggesting that the poor in the US are much better off because they don't have to live in grass shacks with mud floors and use a hole in the ground as a latrine?

    The US is the richest nation in the world. We shouldn't even HAVE poor people.

    Maybe Darrell could contribute by sending each one a chicken.

     
  • Ed Walters posted at 12:05 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 609

    [thumbup]

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 7:40 am on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1591

    Nice letter Darrell, I read once that the key to happiness is wanting what you have and not wanting what you don't have. Many Americans could benefit from that simple advice.

     

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