Charity effect

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A charity effect is an unexpected benefit resulting from an act of charity. This concept is typically ignored or even rejected by those who advocate compulsory tax-and-spend programs instead of voluntary charity.

Examples of the charity effect include:

  • in volunteering to teach others, there is a remarkable and unexpected benefit to the understanding of the teacher himself

Historical examples of the charity effect include:

  • invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell, who was originally simply trying to develop a hearing aid for the deaf
  • development of the Jacuzzi by Candido Jacuzzi, who was simply trying to help his 15-month old son deal with painful, crippling rheumatoid arthritis[1]

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