When is enough, enough?

In last Saturday’s Townsville Bulletin there was a small article at the bottom of page 30 with the heading “$10.8m lottery win donated”?

There we were told about a “humble Canadian couple” who had won $10.87 million in the lottery and had decided to save two percent for a rainy day and give away the rest.

They donated $10.57 million to churches, fire departments, cemeteries, hospitals and the Red Cross because they were happy with what they had and the way their life was going.

I was talking about his story at work and someone said to me ‘Yeah – let’s wait and see what you do when you win the lottery.”

For one thing that is not likely because the only raffle tickets I buy are in local fundraisers for prizes like grocery hampers – but my colleague had missed the point of my telling the story.

G.K. Chesterton said “There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”

The Canadian couple have chosen the second path. I truly believe our planet can only survive if the majority of us living in affluent countries follow their example.


About peterhanley1

Peter Hanley has lived in North Queensland for more than 30 years. His interests include human rights, social justice, sustainability and community development. True North explores issues in these areas.
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2 Responses to When is enough, enough?

  1. Yansen says:

    Nice post Peter! Couldn’t agree more! I also believe that accumulating more and more will never fulfill human desires.

  2. Rose says:

    Well said, Peter!

    Not only one has to desire less to feel enough in regards of materials, one has to be strong enough to continue the chosen path while it is the abnormal minority. Put up with all kinds intepretation from the others for being such an oddity. So there is the second part of feeling enough of one’s own strength and not to be detour by the others’ thinking.

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