Tupac Shakur - The Vital Need For More Generosity
By Kris Deichler, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
Tupac Shakur was a successful and infamous rapper, poet and actor of the late 1980's and early 1990's who is 'consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time,' according to Wikipedia. Known for his heated temperament, connections to street gangs and public spats with fellow artists of his time, he met an untimely death in September 1996 when he was gunned down with 4 bullets while waiting at a red light in his car.
Back in 1992 however, as his career and star was beginning to rise, he recorded a humbling and very honest interview for MTV about the way society treats money and success. In this he points out the clear inequity of the world and the apparent greed and selfishness of the elite classes and super wealthy, saying:
"There's too much money here. I mean nobody should be hitting the Lotto for $36 million and we got people starving in the streets. That is not idealistic, that's just real... There's no way that Michael Jackson should have, or whoever Jackson, should have a million thousand quadruple billion dollars and there's people starving."
"There's no way that these people should own planes and there are people who don't have houses... Even if you earned it, you still owe... If I know I got $3,000 in my pocket, I feel it's wrong to give that person a quarter or a dollar. It's wrong - Only you know what you got in your pocket."
However controversial his character might have been, however many faults and flaws he may have had in his own actions, there's a humbling honesty and reality here that applies to us all. Can we find it in our hearts to want to give and serve more when we have the opportunity to do so, or do we want to keep holding back as much as possible out of selfishness and fear?
There's a principle of fairness that can be found in anything in life, whether it's in business, relationships, careers or families - that when we protect and look after another person's interests, just as much as our own, both sides naturally benefit more overall, as we improve the whole and ensure no-one loses out.
Today, well over 20 years since the interview below, we are seeing more and more the realities of the inequality in our world and how many billions still suffer, struggle and die because of having so little, while the relative few of us live in comfort.
Succeeding at the expense of anyone really doesn't have to be the way we progress ourselves, our businesses or our society; indeed we can all learn to apply principles and become better benefactors - those who - as they generate more value and resources, will use them to better serve the world and improve the lot of others, as well as their own lives.
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