Ok--- I admit it... I'm a bit vain. I was Googling myself in search of new links to DP. We all do it, right?????
The problem with vanity searches is that they are so addicting. They take a page right from BF Skinner's operant conditioning playbook. Afterall, intermittent or variable reinforcement is the best way to keep one pressing that little lever in hopes of getting the prized food pellet. You can search regularly and see nothing new... then one day, when you least expect it... a little jewel is revealed.
That is what happened this morning. I found a NY Times editoral from March 24, 1909, by Frederick Greene called, "Dollar Philanthropists Needed." I thought I would share...
Dollar Philanthropists Needed
It is to be feared that the letter on preventable suffering in your issue of the 20th inst. expresses the attitude of many good people, whose aid, though small, might, if regularly given, go very far toward relieving the suffering which they regret.
By allowing one's self to be "held back by a feeling of hopeless insufficiency of the sum he is able to spare" one does a double wrong. He stifles his own best impulses and defrauds the poor of succor which is precious even in the smallest amount and which will be mighty in the aggregate.
That one dollar which hardly seems worth sending is a great boon to the mother feverishly trying to finish five coats at 7 cents each, so that she may have 35 cents for the days work with which to feed her brood. Another dollar will provide a pair of shoes for Jimmie, a school boy, who without them would be forced to play truant.
The New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor can make the connection any day of the year between the Dollar Philanthropist and some worthy person in distress. Frederick D. Greene
While it takes a little more than a dollar to buy a pair of shoes these days, Mr. Greene's thoughts about squelching our own best nature and power of giving in the aggregate still ring profound. Suffice it to say, Dollar Philanthropists are still needed today and there are many good organizations out there who need support for fulfilling their missions.
Thanks to jaja_1985 for the photo.