I recently insinuated that instead of attaching my name to a charitable contribution, I might just as well wrap it in paper that reads “I’M AWESOME.”
Have I done more harm than good with my suggestion? It was immediately put to the test, when I became interested in a few IndieGogo & Kickstarter campaigns. Projects with perks, for example, that included the chance for me to get my own blog some exposure. If my blog is a good thing, then it must be a good thing to promote another good thing. Right?
For the sake of this article, I define ‘good’ as ‘anything the owner believes to be good.’ A loose definition, meant to include just about anyone who would donate to charity. Such a person might do so in the name of their enterprise (for or non-profit), art, or themselves. (In case you are wondering about a CEO who did not believe their company was good, rather that it was a bad or destructive thing, we are not doing harm by calling them selfish.)
Three things are true:
- I believe in humans. We have the ability to determine on our own what is good, and to decide if we agree that what others are doing is also good.
- Certainly it can only be good to promote further good.
- My original post was selfish and not well though out. I apologize.
Should anyone have read the original post and been even slightly discouraged or dissuaded from performing an act of benevolence, then I have done a great injustice with my writing. I won’t delete it, but I will correct it for future readers.
I will continue to ask for charity and kindness towards those in need – any way I can get it. It is not my place to question motives in these matters.
Regarding my own ethical micro-quandary, I might not even classify a Kickstarter donation a charitable gift. I could view it as a marketing expense, with good vibes attached.
However, at the next opportunity for charity (which is, everyday) without ‘perk’ options (just a gift), I will not feel selfish in promoting my own writing. I am confident that my motives are in the right place.
It will be up to you to decide if you agree.