Giving is an altruistic quality inherent in us humans. Our earliest ancestors formed bonds and primitive groups and communities by mutually giving or sharing what they gathered or hunted. Such was the way of life of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. As the years passed, our primitive communities gave rise to great civilizations, human evolutionary advancement and technological progress. The simple ways of living are now distant but pleasant memories in this technologically advanced age. The direct trade of grains, livestock and seafood has been replaced by the trade of money and the struggle to earn money. If you do not have enough money, acquiring food nowadays isn’t so easy, and access to food may not always be available. Such is the way of a capitalistic world, and in this world we are slowly forgetting altruism and giving back to the community.
Our homes are part of the bigger community we belong to. A community is not just composed of different people who know each other (this is likely a definition of a neighborhood). It is an aggregate of different people with a common objective for the improvement of the area they belong to. Though the people have different preoccupations and individual goals, there are activities they do that benefit themselves and the community in the process. When every working son or daughter gives back a portion of their pay to their parents, they are essentially giving back to them, and the community indirectly. The community we oftentimes picture are the many houses and occupants of a place as far as our eyes can see. Thus, we think that giving back to the community is an enormous task, but it can be as simple as helping the person next to us, our neighbor.
The realization of showing our gratitude to the community has, gratefully, even reached the corporate world. In recent years, more and more corporate entities are championing the cause of corporate social responsibility or CSR programs. These programs are the corporate world’s way of giving back to the community that embraced them and where they are established. Without communities, the establishment and continued existence of corporations and businesses would be virtually impossible. The workforce and the resources of corporations and businesses essentially come from the communities they belong to. Thus, it is imperative for corporations or businesses to recompense, in some way, their community for the various provisions bestowed upon them. As individual contributors in giving back to the community, if our financial resources are meager, we can multiply our contributions by sharing our time and effort for CSR causes and activities. Also, our small contributions can go a long way if we give them to reputable charitable institutions and socially responsible non-government organizations (NGOs).
Our Christian teachings and the Holy Gospels have repeatedly emphasized the importance of gratitude and benevolence. God’s sacred teachings are vividly shared with us through wonderful biblical stories filled with valuable lessons in giving and generosity. God teaches us to be ever willing to help out the least of our brethrens. He shows us that in loving Him we need to love back our community and the least privileged of its members.