During this time of demonetization and all the discussions going on about its merits and demerit, let us try and understand the value of money and the Indian culture of donating for social causes. Historically India has never been a country with a culture of donating for social benefits. There has always been one and only one Indian theory of money and wealth; that is to make as much of it as possible and save it for future use.
This is changing now. With the corporate culture and the emergence of new India that is asking for more and more social reforms and good work, Indians are now willing to forego some of their personal wealth for the betterment of the society. The trend is changing and you can also play a significant role in its evolution.
Do your research, find a charitable organization that is working for the betterment of society and donate. Let the money go to a cause that you are passionate about. It could be environment, education, healthcare or anything else. Your money will get its value in the lives it transforms.
I have always wondered why people don’t donate enough. Why are NGO’s and other social transformation organizations treated like beggars? Why is there no appreciation for the good work someone is willing to do? The reason has become more than clear over the past few days.
The ridiculous, unreasonable, maniacal obsession with money is the problem. We have all forgotten that money is simply an exchange of value. Money that is not contributing to the creation of value is just a piece of paper. I guess a few people must have realized now if all they have done is earn money and accumulate it, they have simply wasted their lives.
This culture of obsession with money has created an environment of mistrust. Money has become the value system of our society. This is the single most important reason why we don’t donate. There are a lot of charitable organizations working genuinely for the causes they strongly feel for. Your money is the only thing that can help them to continue doing their good work.
All this can begin with you. Donating doesn’t mean giving away all your wealth. There are so many different forms of contributing to the betterment of the society. You can lend some of your wealth, time and other resources for nation building. You can also be a part of this great change that is sweeping the nation. Let us bring back the culture of sharing and giving for the betterment of all.