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For those who think it queer that someone should ask a stranger for a gift of $300,000, and expect that someone might actually give it, permit me a teachable moment.
I'm a philosopher and Teacher. This is what I do.
First, consider, of the many forces at work in this world, which is the greatest?
Money or wealth? Fame or celebrity? Sex? Religion? Violence? War? Knowledge? Guns? Freedom? Religion? God?
The greatest force in this world is Love, Brotherly Love, Agape in the language of Greek philosophy.
As I state it:
"Love, properly understood, is the most powerful social force available to humankind."
I qualify with social force so that persons who believe that God is the most powerful force, period, can still profess a belief in Love without contradiction, for I am not asserting Love as the most powerful force, period, that is, of all available forces, just the most powerful social force. Which is enough.
Second, we are all brothers and sisters in this world. Brothers and sisters in one human family. Thus, while you may not have been formally introduced to a given individual--they are not, and indeed by definition cannot be, a "stranger."
There are no strangers.
Third, understand that this question is in good measure a class question. It revolves around a class reality. For example, wealthy people give each other very expensive gifts all the time. Even persons they don't know. It's only working-class persons with little or no personal fortune who think that asking for, or giving, a sum of money like $300,000 comprises a mind-boggling act.
Money is the principal way the ruling class maintains control, and keeps this system going. We need it--they have it (yet, we need more of it, but they always want to give us less of it). In clinging tightly to every dollar, we're buying completely into their narcissistic system and its propaganda, that puts money ahead of people. Ahead of helping our brothers and sisters who need help. And so on.
An Act of Will
If you've studied brotherly love, perhaps through the 1956 classic The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm, for example, you know that loving other people is not a consequence or product of whim or expression of emotion, but an act of will, which is why you need not be introduced to someone, to love them. And, "to love them" generally means to commit loving actions toward them, for Love is a word that unless acted upon is just a word.
Acts of love, requiring the expenditure of either time, money, or energy, activate the notion of Love, and give it meaning.
Take A Step
When you put it all together, then, neither a request for what appears to most people to be an Earth-shaking amount of money, nor the fulfillment of such a request, is the confounding puzzle it may superficially seem. In fact, I assert that for persons seeking to begin their practice of Agape, the Love Ethic, or otherwise elevate themselves morally, such an act is a superb first step. For even for someone of great means, $300,000 is a good chunk of money, so its donation is significant to the moral development of the giver. One would assume that its recipient would express great gratitude, as well, even if they knew that the giver was a person of great means.
A wise man once said: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."
In fact, a willingness to seek help, and the accommodation of such a request, no matter what its size or form, represents how the world should--and my work argues must--be, if we're, at best, to self-actualize as a species and human family, and at worst, save ourselves from complete destruction from nuclear war, climate change, or some presently unseen threat.
It's no surprise to me, nor should it surprise you, that the greatest teachers and thinkers through history made Love a formal part of their personal, or professional philosophy.
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