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Generosity is the virtue of giving (Comte-Sponville, Andre (2001) Page 86)

In the act of generosity, intelligence also has its say...Sometimes by giving we can hurt or damage.

A gift can also carry an ideology, or a directive, or a judgement. To give a book of prayers to an atheist, or a gym subscription to an obese person, or a deodorant to someone with body odor is not an example of generosity. these are judgements or pressures disguished as gifts.


Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, Ware, Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions Limited

Beauchamp, Tom L and James F. Childress (2001) Principles of Biomedical Ethics, 5th Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Comte-Sponville, Andre (2001) A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues, New York: henry holt and company

Ferrucci, Piero (2007) the power of kindness, The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionte Life, Penguin Group