Bradley | Feb 4, 2020 | 0
B is for Beneficient
It’s a mathematical conundrum how giving can reap more in return than you give out. It doesn’t seem logical, but it’s often true. The math is actually quite simple:
Giving = Benefit you receive from giving + bonus benefit that recipient gets
In numbers, 1 = 1 + bonus.
You can’t lose, you’ll at least come out even if you don’t actually help anyone. Did you catch that logic? Did you follow the numbers? It’s not a shell game, but it can be hard to understand. You have to understand that the joy/benefit/reward you get from the giving is already equal (or greater than) the “cost” of that giving. The bonus that puts it over the top is the joy/benefit/reward that the recipient gets. In fact, you could add the pleasure you get from their pleasure and it’s even more of a win-win.
beneficient: doing good or causing good to be done; conferring benefits; kindly in action or purpose.
If you over analyze it, you can go back and forth with a self-discussion such as, “Well, am I only doing the good deed to be repaid in good deeds? Hoping secretly for the returned good deeds to be greater than my good deed given?” But I’m not going to over analyze. I’m just going to give. It’s simpler that way … and more fun.