- The first degree is miserly giving. This is when we give away that which we no longer want. It is considered miserly because giving in this way asks nothing of us. This sort of giving is like recycling, and it is valuable but not particularly generous.
- The next level of generosity is kindly giving. With kindly giving we give away what we would like to receive. There is a thoughtfulness and friendliness in this kind of giving.
- The third, and highest, form of giving is kingly giving. In kingly giving we give the very best of what we have in time, material goods, or, in some cases, even our lives.
A monk was walking barefoot down a dusty road when he stepped on something sharp. It stuck in his heel, so after a few steps he stopped to pull it out. Low and behold! It was a very beautifully carved and very valuable gemstone. The monk rinsed it off at a well he was passing, and tossed it in his satchel, along with the partial loaf of bread that was to be his one meal of the day. A little further down the road, the monk happened upon a beggar. The beggar spied the partial loaf, leapt in front of the monk, bowed three times and said, “O Venerable Sir! I am but a poor starving beggar. Might I have a taste of your bread?” Where upon the monk pulled the loaf from his satchel, and before handing it to the beggar, pulled the gem from the crust where it had become imbedded. He then handed the entire loaf to the beggar. The beggar saw the gemstone, and pleaded, “O, Most Worthy One! I have taken your only meal of the day, and this is not right. I see you have a gemstone, which would relieve me of my situation. May I give you back your bread in exchange for the gem?” At this, the monk promptly gave the gemstone to the beggar, telling him also to keep the bread. The beggar was ecstatic, and galloped off down the road. The monk, sat down under a nearby tree. A few minutes later he became aware of the presence of someone, and opening his eyes saw t he beggar, who thrust out his hand with the gem, saying, “O Venerable One! May I please return the gem to you? I don’t want it! “The monk asked, “What sir, do you want?” The beggar replied,” I want what you have that allowed you to give away everything.”
TOP US FOREIGN AID RECIPIENTS 2012
For decades the US has been doling out foreign aid to various countries around the globe. Some of those dollars were spent with good intentions, such as helping to fight famine, poverty, or even protecting US interests (keeping the oil flowing). However, other dollars are going to causes that have nothing to do with helping out humanity, nor are they being spent with the best interests of the American people. The last time I checked, #1 on the list was the most advanced and diversified economy in the Middle East, 3.75 billion dollars is nearly the amount of money the US gives to Puerto Rico annually (a US territory) Also, why are we spending money to prop up Egypt’s military? Over the past year, the Egyptian military has been a hindrance to Egypt’s young democracy. Looking at Pakistan coming in at #3 is also puzzling. Pakistan is most likely the main reason we are losing the war in Afghanistan, and quite likely responsible for the clandestine attacks on the NATO ISAF compound in Kabul last year.
Something has got to give; Ron Paul was the only candidate that spoke about the U.S’s agenda in dealing with foreign aid. Let’s not meddle in other nations affairs, we have not done anything to make the Middle East any better. I believe it would be cheaper, smarter, and morally correct to step back and lets the cards fall where they may.
1. Israel ($3.75 billion)
2. Afghanistan ($2.33 billion)
3. Pakistan ($2.1 billion)
4. Iraq ($1.7 billion)
5. Egypt ($1.56 billion)
6. Jordan ($676 Million)
7. Kenya ($625 million)
8. Nigeria ($625 million)
9. Ethiopia ($580 million)
10. Tanzania ($531 million)
The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world, surpassing China, North Korea and Russia. A study conducted by the Bureau of Justice in 2005 showed that a record 33-year continuous rise in the number of inmates in the United States despite falling crime rates. Below are some jaw-dropping facts about the United States prison population.
- Consider that for every $1 Americans spend on higher education in the USA, they spend .60 cents on prison facilities.
- Collectively, the States and Federal government spend about 74 billion a year on corrections, and nearly 800,000 people who work in the industry.
- Nearly 25 % of the world’s people being incarcerated behind bars are Americans.
- 1 out of 32 Americans is on probation, parole or in prison.
- A total 7,225,800 adults were under correctional supervision in 2009 (about 3.1% of US Adults).
- Of these, 4,933,667 adults were on probation or parole.
- According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, there are over 2,266,800 adults incarcerated in US Federal and States prisons today.
- 86,927 juveniles were in detention as of 2007.
- A black male is 7x more likely to be imprisoned than a white male.
- Prison rape is so endemic that more than 70,00 prisoners are raped each year.
Most of this information was gathered by blacklistednews.com
American has the most people in Jail. United States has the most black people in Jail. Americans have the highest incarceration rate.
Todays estimated world population is 7.005 billion, as of 12 March 2012. When you look at the worlds population by continent by pie chart, its clear that the population is very unevenly distributed. With Asia containing over 60 percent of the worlds population. The world’s two most-populated countries, China and India, constitute about 37% of the world’s population. Also interesting, is that Brazil contains nearly half of South Americas Population. These statistics are reported by the United States Census Bureau.
Which Continent is the most populated? Which continent has the smallest population? What is the population of North America? What is the population of Asia? What is the population of Africa? What is the population of Europe? Pie chart of world population. What is the population of South America? What is the Population of Oceania? What is the population of the world by continent? Is North America or South America more populated?
An Australian instructor of mine once asked me what my definition of culture shock was. I said, “Its one of your first few experiences outside of the US, its when you may not feel safe or comfortable, but you like it, there’s a feeling that things are different, but you maybe understand that that is the way things are supposed to be, different from the culture you were raised with, yet it makes sense, almost like a fragment of a rebirth.” I then gave many examples: like eating foods that are packaged without nutrition facts, or riding public transportation that is about ten times over safety capacity, or watching people live their lives while being true to themselves, not trying to “keep up with the Jones’.”
He took in what I said, nodded, and then preceded with his rendition. “Ive lived in Colombia for 9 years, my first idea of culture shock came to me after about 2 ½ years in Colombia. All of my toiletries I brought with me were gone, all of my new products had Spanish writing on them, and all of my clothes no longer fit me or were replaced by new articles. Then, one day I was walking to class, and I realized I had no money in my pocket for a taxi, I had a hole in my shoe, and my toe was poking out because I had a hole in my sock, too. I was dreaming in Spanish. I had no friends who knew my family, or who I was before I arrived here. I was hardly making any money, and at that point I realized I was no longer an Australian, I was no longer living at a western standard of living. It hit me like a ton of bricks. To me, that was culture shock.”
After hearing his words, I could understand what he was saying. Culture shock is different for everybody. For me it was a breakthrough experience, but his experience was at even a higher level. For me it was about understanding that new cultures and ways of life exist. Some are rational, or more beautiful, others not so much. For him, it was understanding that you could completely lose your identity, and yourself, and grow new skin. Either way, it’s the point when you come to the realization that something has changed within. It tickles you, scares you, and intrigues you at the same time. Its understanding that you once lived in a bubble.