It is said that of the various kinds of intelligence, generosity is the first.
The art of giving is a gift in itself, because it is a known fact that the more you give the more you get back. Some folks live their life with a mentality of scarcity, and thus find a compulsion to hoard, while others live their life with a mentality of abundance, and are not owned by their possessions.
It is easy to talk generosity but it is a whole other matter to actually live being generous. Is it a certain personality, is it natural, is it genetic, is it related to class or income? What if we measure and divide it by party affiliation? If we examine the generosity I.Q. of Liberals versus Conservatives, which would you suspect would be found to be more generous. The going tendency is to believe simply being a liberal means that you would give away the shirt off your back and the farm to boot. Liberals in government have been known to spearhead many government programs to assist those in need, it can be easy to spend taxpayers money, willy-nilly! But when we consider the “generosity index” we see the cupboard is bare in the Northeastern states. When charities “open the books”, it is discovered that Liberals, largely Democrats, actually donate less money to charity than Republicans. So Republicans put their money where their mouth is.
Putting money aside, and looking at another donating measure, we may ask who donates the most to blood banks. People in red states are more likely to volunteer for good causes, and conservatives donate blood more often than moderates and liberals. Can we extrapolate to say “Conservatives more American than Liberals”? Typically, Conservatives give more to their church organizations and institutions of higher learning, while Liberals give more to the Arts, and Museums.
One thing for sure we can say, that the Government alone cannot meet all the financial needs of the homeless and unemployed, nor should they. The left motives may be tarnished by creating a hook of dependency over the needy. Dependency pays off in votes. The left do not have a market on compassion, nor the right on optimism. It takes citizens of all affiliations, and beliefs, to contribute toward the support of all of society’s members.