Saturday, September 25, 2010

The One Hundred Million Dollar Pay It Forward

Can you believe it's Friday already?  Seems like the week just started and here we are at the weekend!  Not that I'm complaining.  This week I spent some serious time on the look out for people paying it forward.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about then here's a nice little video with a nice little soundtrack to explain it all.

Pay It Forward Video

O.k. last week I got off track a little bit with what seems more like random acts of kindness.  Either way, people are being nice to each other and who can find fault with that?  But, this week I'm back to the paying it forward.  Only I don't have my usual list of suspects.  Just one guy this week.

Perhaps you've heard of this.  It's been all over the news.  The founder of facebook has donated one hundred million dollars to the Newark, New Jersey Public Schools.  It's been suggested that he is only doing this as a publicity stunt.  It's been suggested that this is in response to a movie which depicts him in a bad light.  It's been suggested that this isn't really a move from the bottom of his heart.  All I can say, in complete ignorance and naivete is, "Who cares?"  Whatever his motive.  Whatever his reasoning, a school district in need is going to get some help.  This afternoon, on a national news broadcast I watched the reporter and the expert from the lucky school district debate the pros and cons of this windfall.  Maybe the schools shouldn't rely on private citizens to fund their budget.  Maybe the man has egocentric motives behind this.  But, these aren't the only maybes to consider.

Maybe some children are going to get some new books.  Maybe some children are going to get new computers.  Maybe some children are going to get sports, music and art programs reinstated.  Maybe some children will get a taste of hope.  Maybe some children will remember this, and when given a chance, somewhere down the line, they will pay the hope for a better tomorrow forward.


  1. I agree, who cares what the motives are as long as the children benefit.

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    God Bless You ~Ron