The Sharing Imperative
“If you disclose your Sadaqaat (almsgiving), it is well; but if you conceal them and give them to the poor, that is better for you,” says the Quran and in Hebrews we read, “Do not forget to do good and to share with others.” Sharing is a fundamental virtue in more than the monotheistic religions. But what does it actually mean to share something? Is this positive attitude towards sharing universal or is it culturally specific? If sharing is taught, how much pressure is needed to reach the goal? These are some of the questions that will be explored by the Filipino social anthropologist Analyn Salvador-Amores, the Indian political scientist Rajeev Bhargava and the Austrian philosopher teaching in the USA Wolfgang Sützl.