Giving as Lifestyle

Why is it,” said a rich man to his priest, “that people call me stingy when everyone knows that when I die I’m leaving everything to the temple trust?”

“Let me tell you a fable about the pig and the cow,” said the priest. “The pig was unpopular while the cow was beloved.” This puzzled the pig.

‘People speak warmly of your gentle nature and your sorrowful eyes,’ the pig said to the cow. ‘They think you’re generous because each day you give them milk and cream. But what about me? I give them everything I have. I give bacon and ham. I provide bristles for brushes. They even pickle my feet! Yet not one likes me. Why is that?'”

“Do you know what the cow answered?” asked the priest. “She said, this happens, because I give while I’m still living and it will all be taken from you after you die”.

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