Generosity. It’s what you call when you give, out of your own wealth, whether physical like money, or mental wealth, by just by smiling to someone), to others around you, or even to people halfway around the world who you have no idea exist. This can be in secret, or be publicly announced, but as long as the intention is right, the reward is immense. Many people claim to be generous, saying that they give a big chunk of their wealth to charity, but that does not necessarily mean they are doing it sincerely. They could just be giving to charity so they appear nice to the society.
However, putting that aside, there is a burning question that many people want to know about this broad characteristic: “What makes us want to give, and what is so good about giving?” Well, that’s two questions, but those two questions are very similar and so must both be assessed to thoroughly give an answer. Yes, everyone must be thinking, if someone gives something of his, doesn’t it just take away something from him, doing nothing but harming him? Well, believe it or not, there is a tremendous amount of equally tremendous benefits that come from being generous to all people alike. And when these benefits are presented, the first part of the question will be already, for the most part, answered.
Now, first, before we even go near that question, let’s examine the history of the word ‘generosity’. The original use, which was in the 16th century, came from the Latin word generosus, meaning of noble birth. It was given only to someone who belonged to nobility, meaning that he/she was from a noble family. However, during the 17th century, the meaning began to change. From that point on, the word slowly but steadily started to become a title given to someone having the qualities of being generous, not to someone “born generous.” And so, from that point on, being generous was associated with gallantry, richness, gentleness, strength, and fairness; in simpler terms, it is now, in modern times, given to those of higher standard.
In terms of surveying, we asked 50 random people on the street, just to see what percent of the participants, were or at least claimed to be generous. (Survey sheet attached at the end.) We gave them three choices, either Yes (“I am generous”), No (“I am not generous”), or Maybe (“I am not sure”). A pie graph is shown on the next page to present the results.
After understanding the data presented, let’s analyse it. We know that about two-thirds of the participants claimed to be generous; like good surveyors, we should find any possible reasons we could have received false information, so we are going to do exactly that. There might have been some surveyees that told that they were generous, when in fact they actually were not; or, they thought so highly of themselves that they considered themselves generous, but they actually were not. Out of the 38 that said yes, we can estimate that around five people would have fallen into this fault, so found that...