While I commend those like Warren Buffet and Jon Huntsman Sr. for giving of
their bounty, and while I absolutely recognize the powerful impact their very
large contributions have in this world, I also contend that, from the eternal
perspective, those who are only able to give on the level of the widow's
mite, and do so, are much better off than those with greater means. Those of
greater means could vaguely approach this extraordinary giving of the
impoverished if they gave so much of their substance on a regular basis that, by
so doing, they could never be sure of their next meal, of the roof over their
heads, of heat to sustain them through the cold months. Until that happens (and
were it to happen among the ultra rich on a common and regular basis, we would
certainly see gross inequality disappear on this Earth before long) I would
suggest we idolize those of large means less and those generous in spite of
meager means much, much more.....
Hugh Nibley, in "Approaching Zion", talked about the "reverence for
wealth" that LDS people display. I can't think of a better example of
this than this article. It is this kind of thinking, or the kind of thinking
displayed in this article, that always make me want to flee the Wasatch Front
(where I live part-time) for good.
A truly great and generous man who has dome an unbelievable amount of good for
so many people.Thank you, Jon Huntsman, Sr!
I wonder how much good his charity giving has done compared with his efforts as
a businessman in creating companies, providing salaries and wages, and easing
the lives of millions with their products. While its nice that he has the money
to give to good causes, that wouldn't be the case if he hadn't lived
in a capitalistic society that rewarded his efforts and allowed him to make our
Petra: The Huntsman's management of their wealth does more self sustaining
perpetual good than if they gave the entire fortune to buy breakfast one time
for needful people. Recall the story of the goose that laid golden eggs. J
mason: Utah leads the world in charitable contributions. In a natural disaster,
some of the first relief on the scene comes from Utah. We reference wealth for
the good it can do.
Concur with DN Subscriber. The entire Huntsman family is quite remarkable.
"It's not how much you give but how much you keep for yourself."
Huntsman is a great man!
jmason from San Diego... I find it quite interesting that respect for those who
are willing to give away and "pay it forward" are in your eyes
worshipers of wealth. You don't know me, will never hear of me and yet,
since 1972, I have given away 50% of my net income to others. Beyond my
contributions to the church. No one knows it and I don't usually say
anything about it. I guess in your eyes, it means I don't want to be
worshiped. I just feel it is no one's business. One of my greatest
pleasures is to be in a grocery line and tell the clerk that I am also paying
for the person right behind me. Then I inform the customer. Some resist. Most
are happy. The caveat is that they must pay it forward 3 times in the next year
to complete strangers. Most agree. What have you done on a consistent basis to
anonymously help others. Laudatory praise aside, I feel that Jon Huntsman is a
mentor to those of us who are capable of giving more. I wish you all the best in
your search for peace. Angst is a difficult taskmaster.
@jmasonSan Diego, CA"It's not how much you give but
how much you keep for yourself."Perhaps if you'll spend
more time making yourself able to do something like what Mr. Huntsman and his
family are doing to help millions, then you wouldn't wonder how much they
keep for themselves. The widow's mite is great in the eyes of God as far
as giving one's all to the Lord, but how much of that can help in terms of
immediate need as in disasters like the one in Armenia? If a million poor
widows give one penny or a dollar because that's all they have, and a
million Huntsmans gave millions or billions each because they can afford to and
still have some left for themselves, who do you think helped the needy and
destitute the most? It's unfortunate that some people do nothing but sit
and criticize those who are actually working hard and give so much to help!
It's those kind of people that I honor and salute!
While the Scriptures speak of the widows mite, they also speak of the servants
who were given different talents - with the one being given the most receiving
the most due to his stewardship. It is simply not our place to judge what will
be of more value value from the eternal perspective. Perhaps God specifically
blessed Huntsman because God knew that Huntsman would give away great amounts of
his wealth as he has. We do not know.What is sad is that as a
country we are becoming an envious people. If someone is wealthy they must have
either obtained their money dishonestly or they are not being generous enough
with what they have. At the same time, many of those who criticize the rich do
not do much on their own to help the poor.The idea of giving away
everything you have as suggested results in far less being given to charity.
Had Huntsman given everything he had once he became a millionaire, the amount
given would be a small fraction of what he has given. Even the church does not
give everything it has in the wake of each disaster.
God bless President Huntsman.
I would also like to commend Jon Huntsman, Sr.s wife, Karen Huntsman. She
supports what he does 100%! She is the daughter of David Haight, who was a
member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and was a very humble, wise, and
good man. The Huntsmans, Sr.s have vowed to give away to charitable causes their
entire fortune in their lifetime. Many benefit from the Cancer Institute in SLC.
It became a great cause for them when their daughter died of cancer. Glenn Beck
calls Jon, Sr. the most "selfless" man he has ever met. God bless you
Jon and Karen Huntsman!
from the perspective of a patient at Huntsman Cancer Institute, I can tell you
it is a first class, well run operation with some of the world's best
oncologists. thank you mr. Huntsman for you foresight and generosity. Utah and
the intermountain west is very fortunate to have access to this facility, world
class in a small population market.
ReDougway"J mason: Utah leads the world in charitable
contributions"Nope.Source?#1 Tithing goes for
church operations and maintenance. Utahns rank high in paying tithes.#2. Catholic Charities USA, has more than 2,500 local agencies that serve 10
million people annually,In 2010, Catholic Charities USA reported
expenditures of between $4.2 billion and $4.4 billion, according to the
Chronicle of Philanthropy, which publishes an annual list of the 400 biggest
charities in the United States, ranked by the amount of donations they receive.
This enabled it to rank near the top of the 400 list, behind two major
social-services charities -- the United Way and the Salvation Army.
Amazing man, even more amazing legacy...we could all learn more about the things
in life that are of most importance from JH Senior.
Funny...I am so conflicted about this article. I admire someone who
does so much for so many. His anthropological exploits are truly miraculous!However, having met with him for a few minutes, I was floored by how
badly he treated me.I wish him the best.
It seems that in this day in America we are supposed to not only feel negative
toward people who get wealthy, but according to Michelle Obama, should not even
try to get rich. Mitt Romney gave away his first million. I believe that kind
of charity and faith helped him achieve all that he later was able to do. And
as for the difference between a widows mite and a person worth 100 million
dollars. If the millionair gave away 99 million of his 100 million they would
still be viewed in the eyes of some as greedy, because they would still be
millionaires. Test yourself. Ask yourself if you came into a lot of money,
millions, what would you do with it, and how much would you give to charity.
Understand that in yourself first before judging the actions of people already
there. Some of you might be surprised to find that a Ferrari would be sitting
in the driveway of your new 10,000 square foot home.
This man will make it through the eye of the needle quite easily, IMHO.
I should have made myself more clear. JH, Sr. is incidental to my post. I'm
not really criticizing him. I'm criticizing the LDS propensity to reverence
wealth, LDS for whom wealth "sanctifies". This article is a good example
of this. JH, Sr. is a man of great business accomplishment and he is a noted
philanthropist (like Bill Gates, for example). But a "renaissance man"?
This is an example of the "sanctification" I'm talking about. How
is he a "renaissance man"? (See classical definition of renaissance
man.) It's the idea that wealth alone endows a person with every virtue and
accomplishment under the sun. But strip this person of his wealth, and what is
he? Then he's like Lear in "King Lear" when he is stripped of all
his wealth and titles and finds that he is no different, even less, than those
@jmason,Jon Huntsman Sr. gave 20% of his salary to charity when his salary
was $250 a week. I'd say that before he had wealth he was greater than
most around him. As to the "classical definition" of a renaissance man,
do you know he is not? Renaissance man, "a man who is interested in and
knows a lot about many things" or "a person whose expertise spans a
significant number of different subject areas; such a person is known to draw on
complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems." Let's see:
Solving specific problems in business, charity, education, medicine, using
knowledge from each of those fields as well as genealogy, I'd say he
qualifies.@ Samson01"However, having met with him for a
few minutes, I was floored by how badly he treated me."I'm
sorry for your experience. Perhaps the man who has had cancer 4 times and now
has severe arthritis was having a bad day. Myself, I've met with him a few
times and felt genuine love.
I have no standing to judge Huntsman. Certainly he has been successful in
creating wealth and jobs. He has also donated a substantial amount to help
others.But i also know people who have nothing yet they share of
their nothingness. They will never get a headline in a newspaper or their name
on a building. They may even be castigated for having nothing--accused from a
distance--of being lazy or ignorant or both. In the end we will
stand before the Great Judge to have our hearts and souls measured, stripped of
all our worldly goods.
Truthseeker: edit my comment to "per capita". FTW. Salvation Army and
United Way also need to be adjusted to the amount that makes it past the
I don't know Mr Huntsman.I lived in Omaha for a while, and knew
where Warren Buffett lived. A large, modest house in an older neighborhood. He
leads a philanthropic organization of billionaires who pledge to give at least
50% of their wealth away. He pointed out that many billionaires refuse to
participate. They can't live on $500 million? he asked. In Omaha, the
founder of Godfather's Pizza lived in a stupendous house with 16 or so
garages. For his birthday party, he chartered the Concorde and flew a hundred of
his closest friends to London for the party. Buffett was not amused.Currently, the top 1% of wealthy Americans control about 25% of the economy.
And yet, we don't want to tax them. US education is falling on hard times.
Music, arts, and even sports are being dropped around the country. Millions of
jobs have been "offshored" to Asia. Millions of new college graduates
cannot find jobs. Unlike Europe, we don't offer public training in needed
job skills. We're importing engineers and technicians and not training our
own.Good for Mr Huntsman. Now if only a few of his colleagues would
help impoverished Americans!
Get out of debt and start letting the money that used to go for interest on that
debt begin to help others, including your family, achieve more in life and, by
your example, strive to become debt-free. Mr. Huntsman know from experience that
the "high" that comes from helping others far transcends the low that
being mired in debt causes. It's just possible that one person you help
will go on to help hundreds or thousands of others... just because of you! You
may not not have the millions that he has but you will make a difference. Try