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November 3rd, 2013

When love ceases to be the chief motive for our philanthropy, serving others becomes…

By Ron Nakamoto

When love ceases to be the chief motive for our philanthropy, serving others becomes more about serving ourselves_ – Michael C. Phillip_

In the blog post below, Michael C. Phillip, responds to the embedded YouTube video featuring Peter Singer.  Phillip takes Singer to task for focusing solely on effectiveness as the measure of philanthropy.  I'm reminded of +Lee Brower's four levels of Gratitude and in turn the Greek word for highest form of "love", _Agápe_.

Agápe (ἀγάπη _agápē__) means love in a "spiritual" sense. In the term _s'agapo (Σ'αγαπώ), which means "I love you" in Ancient Greek, it often refers to a general affection or deeper sense of "true unconditional love" – Wikipedia

Just as the highest form of Gratitude is giving unconditionally, so too is the highest form of philanthropy.  And while we cannot be totally blind to the relative impact we have, as Phillip says,

"Quantifying our impact isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but when we make it the ultimate thing, we begin to lose our humanity."

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Effective Altruism: Where Peter Singer Gets Philanthropy Wrong
Your $5,000 could save one life in your community but seven lives in Africa. Where would you choose to give? And why?

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