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As for the accusation that we, Europeans and/or progressives, do not like to give, it is not true.

First of all, by not wanting to grab everything that we can reach but probably would not need, we give freedom to others (beside us, or in the future) to live fulfilled lives; and we really enjoy giving the same opportunities to others. In the modern over-exploited world, the freedom of others (beside us, or in the future) to enjoy the same basic things is not to be taken for granted.

Leaving enough resources to others is basic application of the Golden Rule, when there is risk of depriving the others of the same life quality. We generally enjoy not hurting the others.

When it comes to giving, we are most concerned to give to those that are hurt. It is enjoyable to see people most in need being helped, especially with your contribution. We may be not much concerned with giving personally to recipients - but we do see it very sensible to help the people by collective arrangements, like taxes. We can give more help if we cooperate in giving the help - and we enjoy giving together.  

by das monde on Thu Nov 8th, 2007 at 06:03:20 AM EST

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