Philanthropy from Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet”

Carlos Slim reveals very little about his philanthropic efforts.  He cites chapter five of “The Prophet” to lend understanding:

“You give but little when you give of your possessions.

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?

And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring to the overprudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the holy city?

And what is fear of need but need itself?”

The book sits on my fireplace mantle on the top of a stack of my all-time favorites.  Thank you, Carlos, for reminding us how far humility goes.

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