1 archaic : Highborn
2 (a): characterized by a noble or kindly spirit : Magnanimous; (b): liberal in giving; (c): marked by abundance or ample proportions
Generous (adj.): 1580s, “of noble birth,” from Middle French généreux (14th century), from Latin generosus “of noble birth,” figuratively “magnanimous,” from genus “race, stock.” Secondary sense of “unselfish” (1690s) and “plentiful” (1610s) in English were present in French and in Latin.
“I come in a world of iron...to make a world of gold”
Dale Wasserman (1914-2008, American playwright and screenwriter, best known for the musical Man of LaMancha, a multiple Tony Award winner; also wrote the stage play One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, based on Ken Kessey’s novel, which also won several Tony Awards.)
“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882, commanding figure, of the nineteenth-century America, prolific poet, traveler, linguist, and educator)
“Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.
Gautama Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama, born in sixth century B.C., a sage and avatar on whose of the Buddhist doctrines)
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
John Holmes (1815-1894, English radical campaigner and prosperous draper (clothing retailer or wholesaler) who was very active in campaigning for worker’s rights and was instrumental in founding the Leeds Cooperative Society and the People’s Flour Mill.)
“That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.”
Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986, French writer who laid the foundation for the modern feminist movement, journalist, academic, existentialist philosopher, political activist, and social theorist)
“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, born Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest-serving First Lady along with her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office (1933-1945); American politician, diplomat, and activist who later served as an UN spokeswoman.)
“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
Elizabeth Gilbert (b. 1969, American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist, and memoirist; best known for writing Eat, Pray, Love)
“Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.”
G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936, one of the dominating figures of the London literary scene in the early twentieth century; lay theologian, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, and Christian apologist)
“I come in a world of iron…to make a world of gold”
Man of LaMancha
— Dale Wasserman
What a generous gift we have given ourselves — the dragon called Internet, an ever expanding virtual platform of gold where we can generously share information, opinions, and ideas with each other.
We must not get it twisted, though. Sometimes, what we share via the web can be nasty and damaging when there’s malicious intent to cause harm.
But when our intentions are pure and honorable, we can contribute to and receive with a great amount of joy, wisdom and knowledge.
Andy Warhol, who predicted that everyone would have their “15 minutes of fame,” would have been dumbstruck by the multi-level-platforms of celebrity we constructed in the last thirty years.
But, Warhol may be further impressed by the educational components of sites like Youtube and such thought-provoking virtual communities like Ted Talks, where people from around the globe generously share their research and art.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ted Talk entitled, “Your Elusive Creative Genius,” is such a passionate and generous gift to us all, particularly for those of us who dare to fulfill our creative inklings and tackle our artistic processes.
Gilbert suggests that instead fighting with ourselves that we take the pressure off, focus on the work, and show up as best we. Because what matters most is the contribution of the work and our collaborative dance toward creations.
When we share our passions and generously contribute what we know we are creating treasure troves of gold, silver, and more, not only for ourselves, but in service of each other.
Stay the course, my friends.
Much Love, Tonya