A charitable café

Panera Bread

A loaf of bread in every arm

Panera Bread Co. may have struck upon the essence of charity: “Take what you need, leave your fair share.

Both new and old testaments are full of praise for people who WILLINGLY give of their excess to those who have little. This is the love we show to our fellow human beings. It is truly a casting of bread upon the water for there is a certain Karma which returns to the selfless giver that which they may someday lack.

There are also Biblical passages that talk about what we are given according to abilities and distribution made according to needs.

Karl Marx phrased it “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!” He believed that, in such a society, each person would be motivated to work for the good of society despite the absence of a social mechanism COMPELLING them to work, because work would have become a pleasurable and creative activity.

Panera’s founder Ronald Shaich ranks among those great persons John Ruskin described as “…always being helped by everybody; for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.”

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen


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