I read the news last week that a famous, one-time athlete donated millions of dollars to an organization. The news was everywhere for a couple of days – just in case you didn’t see it the first day the news was publicized.
There was a time when donors would grant their wealth in a quiet manner, preferring to remain anonymous, and let the glory reflect in the good that their donations created for the recipients – not in the act of them handing over a check.
In an episode of M*A*S*H, “Death Takes a Holiday,” Major Winchester received packages of chocolates from home. Of course, the other officers were incensed that Charles would not share his chocolates with them. They were even more infuriated that Charles donated a can of oysters to the orphans, which everyone saw. Eventually, we learn that Charles had been giving his expensive chocolates to the orphans and insisted on anonymity, according to his family tradition. It was a selfless gift that was made even better by the anonymity.
You see, there is great merit in doing good without all the “Look at me! Look at me!” attitudes so prevalent today. The athlete who broadcasted his donation consciously chose to make his action public, and all that I can surmise is that it was his selfish “Look at me!” Look what I did!” moment.
I believe that is low class, and distasteful.
Lady Susan Marie Molloy
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