Public Speaking OralI have a public speaking oral to write on the following quote: Any ideas of points that i could use to relate to this/ any ideas how i could start my essay using this quote?...

Public Speaking Oral

I have a public speaking oral to write on the following quote: Any ideas of points that i could use to relate to this/ any ideas how i could start my essay using this quote?

No-one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions. He had money as well. – Margaret Thatcher

 

 

 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One interesting take on this is that it takes money to really make a difference.  People can volunteer and help in small ways, but it takes money to really make an impact.  Philanthropy requires millions.  A little here and there really doesn't count for much more than good intentions.  We feel good when we help, but it really takes someone who has enough money, like Bill Gates, to truly make an impact.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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You might also spend some time addressing the seeming contradictions inherent in trying to do good and being altruistic with the necessity of raising money and working to make the deals necessary to make the good happen.  You might also think about the idea that there are all kinds of people who did good things without money so it can be misleading to assume that all those that do good need money to do it.  You could look at what she said about being remembered and whether or not that is an important part of the good.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would start this by contrasting what people often think with the reality that is expressed in this quote.

What I would say is something like

"Most people think that all you need in order to do good for others is good intentions.  They believe that a person with nothing more than a good heart can help others.  However, this is not true.  Paradoxically, we also need money, which is usually associated with greed and bad intentions, in order to do good."

Then I would try to name examples of such things.  Perhaps I would mention Mother Teresa who, of course, had immensely good intentions, but who also needed money that was donated to her cause in order to help the people with whom she worked.

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gohabsgo1234 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Kapokkld sounds like a good idea but would you be able to give me an example of that

 

littleacher8 : what do you mean by Philantrophy?

 

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