How will you feel if a person comes to you and gives you some money to get better off in your pitiful circumstance? How will you feel if someone gives you new clothes when you are wearing torn clothes? How will you feel if an organization helps you when a flood victimizes you? How will you feel when someone bestows you a sponsorship to study in a high school at the time of your need? These are all examples of charity for good purposes and for good reasons. This evokes rays of happiness, hope, and joy to the receivers. People or organizations whoever are involved in such helpful works are always highly praised and privileged.

However, how will you feel if someone gives you hand-me-down clothes as a charity? How will you feel if someone gives you leftovers to eat? How will you feel if someone gives you an already used chess set lacking some pawns as a Christmas gift? Certainly, it’s a humiliation rather than a charity, and nobody likes being humiliated. It’s true that you are poor, that you have hard time to fulfill daily requirements, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need sympathy and pity. This is the very case with Lindo Jong in “Rules of the Game.”

In a Christmas party, Lindo Jong’s son, Vincent gets a chess set as a gift from a so called Santa Claus. It is an old chess set which has already lost some of its elements. Hence, it’s obvious that they got the chess set as a charity with humiliation but not a gift with affection. Therefore, Lindo Jong tells Vincent to throw away the chess set as the chess set is a symbol of sympathy, humiliation, and pity.

There is a vast difference between a charity and a gift. A charity is given to the people who need and a gift is given to beloved ones. Within charity also, there are a charity with affection and a charity with humiliation. These two also differ from one another tremendously. A charity with affection is incorporated with compliment, tribute, joy, and happiness, while a charity with humiliation incorporates with inequality, emotional torture, and hatred.

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One Response to Charity

  1. Masooma says:

    Dear Kalpana,
    I agree with you. I think there is no value in the charity which is not given with affection or love.
    Once I went to visit a sick person. Her family was poor, and while I was at their home, their rich neighbor came to pay a visit too. The neighbor brought some fruit as a ritual of visiting a sick. When she left, little children happily went to open the bag and eat the fruit. I could see how indignant the parents felt as they saw the neighbor had brought some spotted, withered oranges. They said their neighbor had a big orange garden, and that those oranges had fallen on the ground due to the previous night’s storm.
    It’s true that they were very poor, but they didn’t like to be scolded by receiving the fruit that the donor would normally throw away in the trash can. I believe that people should behave others in the way they prefer to be behaved upon.

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