There are still a lot of individual Canadians with good well paying jobs, who do not "give back" to the society that gives them that quality of life.
What does that mean ... because we are all responsible for our own success, right?
Why should we give back?
I am a big believer that we are the architects of our own destiny, and we need to earn our place in society. However, our ability to succeed is greater here in Canada because of the society we have. So whatever success we make for ourselves is in part thanks to a society that also needs our help.
Everything we do has to be put in that context.
Our success comes in the Canadian economy, in Canadian communities, possibly through a Canadian education and Canadian experience.
So ... it is unlikely that we be equally successful is we lived in a poorer nation, a nation at war, a nation that was not a part of the industrialised world?
Our society is struggling to provide a social net for those who need help, and if those of us who can afford some money and/or some time give back to help that cause then we are really helping ourselves, and fulfilling our role as contributing members of this society.
Canada is one of the greatest countries in the world, where everyone has a chance to succeed, but we need to keep working to keep it that way.
So everyone needs to do their bit.
In addition to the rational argument of preserving our great country as a reason to give back, there are other reasons to give. One of those is the strong belief that the very act of giving will bring rewards back to the person who gives! Try it and see,
The most important message here is that you should view your charitable giving as an investment in our society. Just do it ... and support those who need it! There has rarely been a time of greater need!
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”