Sharing is a universally valued human behavior. Sharing helps alleviate human need, and is sometimes essential to human survival. Sharing implies an imbalance of power: availability of resources in the giving party, and deficiency of resources in the receiving party. Therefore, it is important to maintain the dignity of the recipient.
Sharing enhances interpersonal and international relations. Sharing by individuals takes the form of charitable donations and voluntarism. International sharing enables human subsistence and security in less-developed nations. Donor nations provide humanitarian assistance, development aid, and when necessary, UN peacekeeping troops.
The root of sharing is compassion. It is not a loan with obligations and conditions. It is an unconditional gift.
‘We are visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or a hundred years at the very most. During that time we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. Try to be at peace with yourself, and help others share that peace. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life.’ –The Dalai Lama