Monday, January 9, 2012

wealth and charity

A little research has shown that Mr. Bachchan does participate in some charitable activities, although I read in some places that he is private about such things.

I understand that there's a different quality to private charity; I've written about it in terms of myself.  I try to give away money every day, though I don't mention it often and certainly don't report on specifics.

But for wealthy, well-known people who care about how the public perceives them (Mr. Bachchan is certainly on that list), it behooves them not to keep their actions and donations private.  Can you imagine how people would feel about Bill Gates if no one knew that he was giving away enormous chunks of his fortune?  On the other side, I read Steve Jobs' biography, and absolutely thought less of him because he didn't have a philanthropic bone in his body.  Shameful.  I know it's only my opinion, but it's hard to be a citizen of the world if you turn a blind eye to the needs of others.

I am in nothing remotely approaching stable financial condition.  I panic about money a lot.  But I can always peel off a quarter for someone on the street, or for a musician on the subway platform.  My mantra is, "I don't have much, but I share what I have."  Someone is always worse off than I am.  And I certainly don't do this for the benefit of some heavenly reward or a pat on the back.  I do it because it makes me feel good about myself and it makes me feel like part of the world.  Lots and lots of people don't have the money they need, and that quarter might be as important to someone as $100 would be to me.

Considering that Big B is so sensitive to the media and especially to negative press, he might want to toot his horn a little more loudly.  Just my opinion.

I just interviewed a candidate for a spring intern (I'll have two this spring), and she was wonderful -- I think she's a keeper.  Bonus:  she's from India and loves movies.

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