Generosity is the virtue that produces peace. Buddha
Generosity has 3 components.
1. Giving what is good for others
The University of Notre Dame’s “Science of Generosity” Initiative helps out with an excellent definition of generosity. They write, “Generosity also involves giving to others not simply anything in abundance but rather giving those things that are good for others. Generosity always intends to enhance the true wellbeing of those to whom it gives.”
Being generous means that we put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, imagine what they need, care what they care about, and then give what they need. When we are being generous, it is our intention to make someone’s life better.
2. Doing it a lot
The University of Notre Dame’s adds that generosity is “the virtue of giving good things to others freely and abundantly.”
Being generous means that we don’t just give what is good for others once in a while. We do it a lot. We give without strings attached or an expectation of return.
3. Avoiding Vices
They write that generosity is “in its mature form, a basic, personal, moral orientation to life…. Generosity entails not only the moral good expressed but also many vices rejected (selfishness, greed, fear, meanness).”
Being generous means that we’re not only acting out good moral behavior, but we’re also avoiding selfishness and greed and meanness.
If we add this all together, we get people intentionally and frequently giving to improve the lives of others not because they will be rewarded for it or get more in return, but because it’s the good and moral thing to do.
If people all over the world lived that way every day, it would indeed be a peaceful world.