~Is the Act of "Giving" an Instinct?~

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The Bible discusses "Giving" many times.
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"Giving" and the Mystical Force

Note: The "Mystical Force" may be interpreted to mean that instincts are given to us by God.

We've discovered that giving to others sacrifices our own resources for the benefit of others. The unsaid message that accompanies any gift is, "I care about you, or I love you." Whether the gift is to a loved one or to a complete stranger, the message derives from the Mystical Force and more aptly says, "I want you to survive.”

Whether the gift is the simple courtesy of opening a door for another person or sponsoring a Christmas drive for the poor and needy, it recognizes that we are all sharing this world together and the survival and well-being of any other person is important to us.

In a real sense, all humans are distant relatives. The survival of any person is more likely to help us than to hurt us. Giving, loving and caring are deepest for other humans and only slightly less for animals and plants.

We are compelled to be "Givers."

The Mystical Force which causes us to be givers is so strong that we are compelled to give without really understanding it. Much like the birds migrating southward in the fall for a warmer climate, we become givers without ever questioning the good feeling that accompanies giving.

Birds fly unquestioningly south because of the instinctive force of survival, and we are compelled to give for exactly the same reason.

This results in much giving without expectation of a reward. Food, for example, might be given to stricken families without any thought of reward. Libraries are filled with books donated by givers who would never expect to meet the patrons. However, since the instinct is so strong and the giving spirit so prevalent, most everyone will become the beneficiary of a giver at one time or another.

Controlled "Giving" will Bring Rewards

Giving may or may not be accompanied by expectations of eventual reward. If a reward is expected, it very likely is because the situation is controlled. The giver might know the taker and create an understanding that the taker will be expected to reciprocate whenever an opportunity exists.

Since everyone is involved in the act of giving, it would be understood that "I’ve directed my giving toward you, and eventually I expect you to direct your same instincts toward me."

Whether or not this actually happens is unimportant, but gifts often do communicate these understandings.

Controlled "Giving" is Meaningful

It is a matter of survival that everyone controls his giving in order to assure that he will have a harvest to reap. If an individual simply gave away everything because he was overcome with the spirit of giving, he would find himself without food, shelter and clothing one day.

I would not suggest that all gifts be a calculated effort on the part of a giver, but that we should be aware of the deeper reasons which motivate us to give. Calculating, however, is important for any person who wants to obtain wealth.

Would a farmer plant his seeds upon someone else's property and then wonder why he had no harvest to reap? Would I write this book and then fail to copyright it so that I could obtain the royalties?

Would you work at your job all week and then give your paycheck to the first person you met on the street? Certainly not. Our giving efforts must be controlled so that we are allowed to reap the harvest.

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This article taken from Born to Be Rich.

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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

No man is an island. If we see that we are intertwined in humanity we might find that supporting one another is a necessity.


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Reynold Jay 4 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

We all need help at one time or another. Thanks for stopping by. RJ


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I am glad that the instinct to give is so strong with everybody. It has got me out of many a hole over the years. I just hope that it will be sufficient with me, in the future, to repay the compliment to those less fortunate, when I can.

Have a great Christmas Reynold.


reynold jay 4 years ago

And Merry Christmas, Christopher.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi RJ

There is so many ways that we can give to each other but of course we need to take care of our own needs first.

Merry Christmas!


reynold jay 4 years ago

Ho Sue. Thank you for the comment during the giving season. Merry Christmas.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

I've always thought it better to give than to recieve. Of course within reason and right now I am only able to give my signature for petitions to help those less fortunate. This year my husband and I decided to hope for better times in the New Year and so we are not exchanging gifts but giving love and understanding to one another and ourwonderful cat Sid whose always on the recieving end of the chain considering love, comfort and food. Hope you and your family have great holidays.


reynold jay 4 years ago

I bet I'd love your pampered cat! Merry Christmas! Let's hope things improve soon.


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jtrader 4 years ago

I agree that giving is a natural instinct. It seems that it becomes suppressed as we get older. We have to be reasonable with our giving. Some persons will try to take advantage of us if we give to them too often.


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Reynold Jay 4 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Yes, good point and I do note that some older persons tend to give more than they can really afford.

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