Givers and Takers: Yin and Yang

“Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody’s power, that is not easy,” famously said Aristotle almost 2400 years ago.

I believe that if the word ‘anger’ in the quote above were to be replaced by ‘giving,’ it would be equally true and valid:
“Anybody can become a Giver, that is easy; but to be a Giver with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody’s power, that is not easy.”

Its the age of giving with every person trying to out do the other in being a ‘giver’ and ‘making a difference’ to the world, so much so that the term ‘taker’ has almost become an insult. We forget that giving and taking is always in harmony. One cannot be a giver if there are no takers.

Imagine a world where there were only givers and NO takers, like a tree laden with fruit and no one to eat the same. The fruit would slowly but surely rot as there is no purpose for the tree to produce fruit. Taking or recieving is as important, as the giving. Infact the recieving is a gift to the giver, an acknowledgement and appreciation of the giver which encourages this to continue and spiral higher and higher. However, it is not giving blindly, but a matching the givers gifts to the taker’s needs, and the degree of giving is important.

It is merely demand and supply and its continuum in an eternal cycle.

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