Originally posted by CookieMonster09
I'm afraid you are mistaken, my friend. I stated quite precisely what his grandfather would have known: Specifically, he would have been intimately
familiar with the 3 degrees, all of which are publicly available online or at your local library.
Only the symbols are there on the internet. But, the interpretation of those symbols and rituals, which he would have known, you sort of just left
Again, you are misinformed. One may be charitable in more ways than donating money.
This I seriously doubt. One can either give what one wants, which the receiver is obligated to receive, or one can give money, so that the receiver
can choose what he wants to receive by himself, electing to buy one or more of many things he might feel the need for.
The problem with giving what one wants, other than money, is that the receiver may be the one being charitable in the receipt of the gift, and not the
actual apparent giver. Although it may seem strange, to some who haven't really thought about it much, or whose life experience is just too short to
know, there are many times when to receive the gift is the charity itself.
For example, you put on a charitable dinner, and nobody comes. What then do you do with all that food you prepared. But, you put on that dinner, and
many people show up to eat your food, drink, and keep your company. They have all taken the time to make you feel good, about putting on that dinner
"for them." But, many times several of those people did not really want to come. They would rather have gone somewhere else, but felt some sort of
"obligation" to show up to your dinner, to please you. In their hearts, each thought of himself or herself as being charitable, in "accepting" the
gift of food, while you, of course, thought of yourself as charitable, in offering that food to them, and glad that so many showed up, proving that
they needed that food, and appreciated having the dinner.
Yes, it's a strange world. But, this is the reality. You cannot know whether your act is charitable, if it is not a gift of the coin. Because you do
not know the reason for your other gifts being accepted.
Some people accept a gift in order not to insult the giver, or upset him, or annoy him, or just to keep the peace.