For its March/April 2008 issue, The American has run an intriguing research by Arthur C. Brooks, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, who maintains that Americans are the most giving people in the world.
For instance, he asks, “Are Americans more or less charitable than citizens of other countries?” His findings: “No developed country approaches American giving. For example, in 1995 (the most recent year for which data are available), Americans gave, per capita, three and a half times as much to causes and charities as the French, seven times as much as the Germans, and 14 times as much as the Italians.
Similarly, in 1998, Americans were 15 percent more likely to volunteer their time than the Dutch, 21 percent more likely than the Swiss, and 32 percent more likely than the Germans.”
All of us who care have carelessness in us, imagine that anything our past self has done our present self could do better.
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