Unless you live under a rock, it’s likely you heard about the armed robbery of reality star Kim Kardashian this week, in Paris. $11 million worth of jewellery was stolen from Kim, including a $4 million ring. Whilst Kim’s safety and healing are paramount in situations such as these, they also leave us asking questions about financial accountability and materialism.
Don’t get me wrong – we can all be materialistic at times, after all we do live in a physical world. I personally have a weakness for completely pointless antiques and dust collectors (I totally need these vintage head vases okay?!), but I’ve made a habit of asking “how many children could this money provide food for?” when I’m about to indulge myself in something useless.
So naturally, when Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the $11M jewellery robbery, I was curious to know how many meals those expenses could provide for people.
When I did the maths, I was shocked to learn that $11M could provide 4.4M people with 3 nutritional daily meals, for the rest of their lives – that’s over half of the world’s starving population.
According to Instyle $11M is a drop in the ocean for the Kardashian clan, who aren’t at all wealthy compared to many other families, which really begs the question of why we allow incredible suffering whilst gratifying ourselves.
Nothing except our Creator and our souls live on eternally. Meaning, when we die we leave all the material items we have amassed, behind. So what’s the point? They don’t improve our longevity or experience in this life, or even the next.
So today I have only one thought to share – Tzedakah.
Tzedakah is a Hebrew word meaning “righteousness/justice/fairness”, but to understand the true meaning of tzedakah, we must first understand what it’s not.
Tzedakah isn’t performing charity to benefit ourselves, and it isn’t about appearing “good” just to build our platform either.
Tzedakah is about genuine philanthropy and restoring the world to how it was intended to be. It’s about generosity, no matter how little you have and as a wise man once said, it’s about “building a longer table, not a higher fence”.
So remember the words of Anne Lappe –
“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”
And for those with nothing physical to give – love without condition. The things that really matter, can never be bought or sold (even with $11M!).