[Essay, Community Content] Why I donate my blood, sweat and tears
I donate my blood to patients, even though the hospital charges for it, and I do not get paid. Some countries pay for blood, and their blood supply is often tainted by desperate people chasing money. But if no one donates, no one has any blood.
I donate my sweat to helping build nature trails and maintain parks, even though the park service pays the employees who buy the supplies and drive the vehicles and plan the work. My free sweat is the difference between three trails being built or none. My friends and I can better enjoy the parks.
I tutor, and occasionally mentor, people with difficulty writing. Who might fail a class without my help. I do it because an education make their life better, our community better and everyone’s life better. I was once ignorant until someone showed me the way.
I write on the forums because someone answered my questions. I write on the forums because I made some bad decisions, and peer review showed me the way to correct them. If I cannot teach you something on the forums, how can we discuss it? I write on the forums because I might think I know what I am doing, but writing them out, and civilly discussing them, can help show I am moving in the right direction, a dead end, or a wonderful unexpected discover.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”