It’s a common misconception that we must become self-reliant before we can be generous.
It’s really the other way around.
Generosity leads to more self-reliance.
Self-reliance doesn’t necessarily lead to more generosity. It certainly can, but it is unlikely that someone who is greedy in nature wakes up one morning and starts giving his money or talents generously away.
Money and status and resources can amplify our efforts, but it doesn’t dictate character.
That’s the problem with survival of the fittest mentality, the dog eat dog world—we view the world as fixed, that someone receiving a bigger portion must mean that I received less.
The world is infinite in possibilities and there is plenty for everyone to go around.
When we fight for every inch, for every penny, we lose a part of ourselves that many of us are seeking in all of this, our humanity.
When we develop this posture of enough, enough resources, enough to share, that generosity spreads.
When we take care of others first, the tribe wants to help us in return. It has been said for thousands of years: The more you give, the more you get.