Many times, those who have the most give the least.
Many times, those who have the least give the most. Why is this so?
I think the main connecting thread that answers both of these is the shared experience; those who have the least understand the experience and want to provide for others out of mutual understanding.
On the other hand, a majority of people that have the most (materially) have never experienced having the least. They've seen it but haven't felt it. And because of this, they have this fear that they will somehow lose it all if they don't protect their own wealth. And therefore they give the least, even if they have the most.
Here's another side of this: Many people who have a lot also give a lot. These people might have come from poverty and do not want others to live in the same situation, and therefore provide all that they can to help others get out of it.
Others may understand the experience of having the least, although never experiencing it directly themselves, and feel the need to help in any way possible.
So, from my findings, here's a little run-down:
Why do people not give?
fear of their own wealth dissipating, and/or a feeling of disconnect from those who have less than them
Why do people GIVE?
-LOVE, compassion, understanding for others;
-For THEMSELVES--the positive feelings associated with giving could be a motivation to give to others.
-And maybe, lastly, only to gain status among others. Hopefully not many people are among this, but even if they are, they might still find the value in giving to others.
MORAL OF THE STORY?
Give. It's good for the world, yourself included. :)
Thanks for reading. Hopefully I've given something to you. Feel free to give a comment back. :)