….”So here is this guy sitting there, beaming, and here are these kids rising to his hope and high expectations for them—it is exactly the kind of philanthropy we all want to see. These exchanges are the essence of what Martin Buber called dialogue: the narrow ridge, the place where we meet another. This is the “I and Thou” relationship, where the image of the self is incomplete without the image of the other. When empathy is established at this highest level, a gift relationship is transformed from one of power and dependency to one of open-hearted mutuality. These are very powerful influences.”
AN : may we all experience and become such selfless givers….
Full article via The Art of Love in Philanthropy | Stanford Social Innovation Review.