What Is The Opposite Of Generosity?

By Atty. Ferdinand E. Laguna

Generosity is the word this time in Sorsogon.

All because of a tarpaulin placed in the façade of the Bulwagan Ng Katarungan along Rizal Street, Sorsogon City. Actually there are 3 tarps that hang there now, 2 are for Senator Chiz.

But what caused severe indigestion among the Lee camp is the tarp that proclaimed the word Generosity with the names of Mayor Edwin Hamor of Casiguran and Vice Governor Ester Hamor of Sorsogon below it.

Whoever is the mastermind of that tarp is a genius, a “good” one for the Hamor’s but an “evil” one for the Lee camp. Right now there is already a disclaimer, from, of all camps, the Lee camp, that is, that Judge Rofebar Gerona, Provincial Prosecutor Gina Frilles Gabito and Judge Cynthia Falcotelo Fortes could not be the mastermind/s. If it is a left handed compliment from the Lee camp’s chief propagandist, I do not know.

If no one will claim authorship I will let my batch mate “Atty.” Toy Buban claim it. Then Toy and I will drink beer at the Bunkhouse at Burgos and sing along with Lanlan and the boys to, of all songs, his killer version of Amor, amor… nacio de mi, nacio de mi la esperanza..

Anyway, I am not sure of the Bicol equivalent of generosity. It could perhaps be “ma-ogay”, ‘ma-boot”, “matinabang”.

I googled about generosity and here are some of the texts I found in Wikipedia which
I reprint word for word:

Generosity (also called largess) is the virtue of not being tied down by concerns about one’s possessions.[1] Often it means to provide help to others by giving them an (usually precious) item without thinking twice.

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(the virtue of giving without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering time, assets or talents to aid someone in need).

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Generosity can also be spending time, money, or labor for others without being rewarded in return.

Generosity in religions

In Buddhism, generosity is one of the Ten Perfections and is the antidote to the self-chosen poison called greed.

Generosity is known as Charity in the Bible, and Daan in the Eastern Religious Scriptures.

In Islam Quran states that whatever we give away generously, with the intention of pleasing God, He will replace it. God knows what is in the hearts of men. Say: “Truly, my Lord enlarges the provision for whom He wills of His slaves, and also restricts it) for him, and whatsoever you spend of anything (in God’s Cause), He will replace it. And He is the Best of providers.” (Quran 34:39)

In Christianity, the Book of Acts states that Jesus said that giving is better than receiving (Acts 20:35)”

The Hamor’s are indeed generous, so what’s the problem of the Lee camp?
Are they afraid that the Hamor’s are fast rising up, or have even risen up as their chief political rivals both in the city and in the province, now that Ex-Mayor Dioneda is gone? I am afraid that the bright boys of the Lee Camp have picked the wrong hammer to pound the Hamor’s. They may be pounding themselves instead.
Vice Governor Ester Hamor is said to be running for Mayor in Sorsogon City.
If she does, given the vicious attacks they received and continue to receive from the Lee Camp because of this word, she might as well adopt GENEROSITY as her battle cry.

“GENEROSITY- Ester Hamor’, her tarps may say.

“Kabootan – Ester Hamor”, her tarps may say.

“Ester Na Ma-ogay – Dili Pasakit Kundi Kabulig Sa Pagbuhay”, and so on and so forth.
The aberrant and panicky reaction of the Lee camp has painted them into a corner. For if Vice Governor Ester Hamor indeed runs for Mayor of Sorsogon City what would Mayor A. Sally Lee’s battle cry be, the word to which she will be identified with, in the same degree that the Vice Governor may henceforth be identified with the word generosity?

Read again the passage above as lifted in Wikipedia re Buddhism, that is, that generosity is the antidote to greed.

The opposite of generosity is greed, the Buddhist say, so now you barkers in the Lee Camp, you just shot yourselves in the head for it is not far fetched to see in the coming days tarps that may show that your candidate who will oppose the Hamor’s will be identified with the word or words opposite generosity.

How would you react to a tarp like “If Ester Hamor Is To Generosity, Is Greed To Sally A. Lee?”

It would hurt, for Sally A. Lee may be generous too. But you reap what you sow. If you play catch up and spread the word that Sally A. Lee is generous too, then you admit that the Hamor’s have already dictated the political discourse in Sorsogon.
By laughing at and belittling the Hamor’s, you are, on the contrary, building them up. Worse, you are raising them up as points of comparison to you. The public has seen that they are sincere givers. You demonize them, then those that they have helped will sympathize with them.

And they will be asking questions.

Like, what are the Hamor’s using when they give gifts? Their own private money or government money?

What about Sally A Lee? When she gives gifts, what does she use? Her own private money or Sorsogon City money?

It cannot be helped. Questions will be asked, comparisons will be made.

Well, as it is said – never bully the simple man you meet on the street, for he could be richer than you are… richer than you could ever imagine… and therefore has the means to be truly generous, and is all the time willing to be so because he believes, deep in his heart, that he must give back to his own community.

Come to think of it, in Mayor Sally A Lee’s commissioned book “A Character Manual For The People Of The City of Sorsogon (2004) by Lawrence and Ramona Esguerra, Generosity was listed as the 28th of the 64 good character traits she wanted to teach to the Sorsogon City constituents, 64 being the total number of city barangays.
It may thus be asked – now that Vice Governor Ester Hamor and Mayor Edwin Hamor are trying to practice it in Sorsogon City and elsewhere in the Province, do Mayor Sally A. Lee and her allies now already despise generosity?

When did generosity become a despicable, hated word for them?

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