Saturday, June 16, 2007

doing good...

It was nice to see in the NYT that philanthropy is still alive and well -- and however one analyses the psychology of it, it's nice to see folks who have had successful lives give back something.

I met Kathryn Davis very briefly once -- and have met her son, Shelby Davis, several times. Her husband's, his father's, business acumen clearly provided them with a privileged life. However as Shelby would repeatedly say, life should be broken into three phases, where one 'learns, earns, and returns.' His family's foundation has given millions to try to educate successive generations that "war should be outlawed as a means of settling disputes."

Here's to you, Mrs. Davis. I hope you get those 5 more years you've been thinking about -- and that they're full of life.

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