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My meditation center runs off the dana system of donations. A common refrain when asking for money is to receive teachings and programs as a gift and to give out of a feeling of generosity and appreciation rather than a sense of obligation or guilt.
So I was asking myself (and Google) the question of what is our relation regarding helping others, are we obligated or is our help an act of generosity. I guess its still an open question for me to what extent our interconnected society obliges us to others and to what extent we are free to act as we see fit and helping is a kindness.
A few short writings that I found insightful.
The role of intention
Guilterosity and Guiltassion... Brilliant
Concrete guides on where to draw boundaries
Utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer thinks we are obligated
Any thoughts or experiences are appreciated. For now you are allowed to offer them freely, or not, as is your wont.