—Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965)
Why not humans? The benefits are many. This is not always apparent, and it seems counter-intuitive to some persons, who sense that the receiver gains more than the giver. It's true that the receiver benefits, but so does the giver. In a society where the haves and have-nots are neatly divided—some use this distinction as a political weapon—giving can become more than an act of kindness. It can become a way of viewing the world; it can become a way of life. I am not talking here about wealth redistribution, but about something more basic and human. If you can help someone in any way, why not do it? What stops you? As Schweitzer has said, your action can renew the "spark" in another individual whose "flame" for life, for whatever reason, has diminished. It can happen to anyone, often unknowingly and unexpectedly for no apparent rational reason.
Sure, one can give of money, which can make a huge difference in an individual's life and well-being; one can also give of time; and one can give of knowledge and truth to enrich the lives of others. Currently, I lack the financial means to help others in a monetary way—hopefully, that will change in the future. Yet, I now look to help persons in non-monetary ways. On a personal and modest level, I hope that my contribution of my writing and knowledge conforms to my desires and intentions. That it encourages and informs and imparts knowledge on the few subjects that I know well. That persons can discover beauty and harmony in their lives that they previously did not consider; that persons can consider new thoughts, ideas or musical composers or works that were once foreign to them. Such is my gift to you.
Helping others is good for your soul, or as they say in Hebrew, your neshama (נשמה).