Apparently Benjamin Disraeli said,
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.”
I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately about Self-Determination Theory which is all about how we need to have choices and feel capable of acting on those choices for our well-being. And yet so often, we do not see our own potential, our riches or the opportunities around us. So, rather than giving money for a community well to be built by an outside contractor, let the community see they have the resources to build their own well – which they will stand back from when it’s completed and say, “Look, we did it ourselves.”
I know words like “agency” and “empowering” have gone out of fashion, but I think they underlie all sustainable change.
Oh, and yes, the other bit of the quote… Of course, imagine a world where everyone had agency AND we all shared our riches. Imagine what could be possible.