The Selfless Act Of Charity

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Charity, the voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need, is of course morally right. The act of giving to the people in need, to any organization, let it be through money, clothes, food or your time is a selfless act. But once you are rewarded or urged to commit such a good deed, is it actually charity work? If someone is gaining an incentive for charitable acts then the word “voluntary” does not apply to what that person is doing. Voluntary means done, given, or acting of one 's own free will. So once something is placed on the table that will be given to that person once completing this “voluntary” work, is it still done out of one 's free will? The charitable act becomes the payment and tangible enough to pay for an incentive. If one was to be rewarded for their charity, it is no longer an ethical act but is instead a practical act. The act is now driven through selfish intentions. Not everyone in this world takes action based on how they feel or think but at times they need a push, motivation, a clear goal to cause them to advance forward. What was once a selfless act became a selfish act once a thing is used to motivate and encourage one towards the practice of charity acts. Especially young minds in our society who are pressured to get good grades, a high GPA which in result enhance their chances of getting into a prestigious college. High school students would do whatever it takes to achieve these grades, or a passing one, let it be by
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