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NPR reports on a study that confirms what many of us already felt, that poor people are more charitable, in how they think about community and as a percentage of what they have.  So what's going on here?  I have some ideas, not all of which could possibly be correct at the same time, and I'm even more curious about the ideas I haven't thought of myself.

Not surprisingly, "religion" is cited as a motivator for charitable behavior, but from what I can tell, that generic term as applied in the studies cited actually means "Christian religion" instead.  It's understandable that researchers focus their efforts on the largest groups, but the rest of us must read between the lines.

My theories about wealth and charity include:

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  • T
    T says #
    I recall (though sadly can't cite) this being a repeatedly reaffirmed trend. Heck, even Jesus has parable with an example of the p
  • Terence P Ward
    Terence P Ward says #
    I like the connection you draw between community and charity, T, particularly this remark: "Someone who has not directly experien
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Not Paganism specifically, but a general New Age concept that if you want to attract prosperity into your life you must be willing

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First things first: introducing TPW

This is the first time I have been invited to write for a Pagan site, which is both an honor and a privilege. I'm mostly unknown, so it's only fair to introduce myself, and my topic. The topic's much more interesting, so let's start there: MONEY!

Money has always held a fascination for me, the sort of fascination that comes from growing up in a family that never had enough of it. It wasn't just that I wanted more of the stuff (who didn't?), it was the fact that we never quite went over the brink that amazed me, too. My mother worked magic with those bills and coins, always managing to pay the bills in time to keep creditors away, and still have enough of Dad's paycheck left to feed and clothe us.

I discovered Paganism in college, and soon realized that most of us weren't exactly wealthy. Was it by choice or circumstance? Does it slough off us like dead, useless skin, or do we shy away from it as if it's toxic waste? The answer to that question still eludes me.

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  • Greybeard
    Greybeard says #
    "I don't care if its dirty, moldy, or soggy. Just so its money," Bart Maverick from the 1960s TV series.
  • *d.*
    *d.* says #
    a life lived with such a focus on money is a life unlived.
  • Greybeard
    Greybeard says #
    "Any sum of money invested at compound interest for 600 years is practically worthless," Heinlein. You are right that few peopl

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