“They are giving back to the community,”
...I’m happy for the town, the couple etc. But I can’t stand this phrase! The couple owes the town nothing. They don’t have to “give back” a damn thing! They’re just being generous.
posted on 02/24/2013 8:56:39 AM PST
Good point. That phrase does identify the mindset of the speaker, doesn't it?
posted on 02/24/2013 9:18:35 AM PST
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I understand what you’re saying, that to do so is somehow expected, and can’t be attributed to generosity.
A local organ donation group had a similar phrase: “You’ve been given the gift of Life — give it back!” ... very inappropriate, and GOD gives us life to make as we will. If we wish to “pass it on”, that’s our choice as with all our gifts.
posted on 02/24/2013 9:29:35 AM PST
("Mom, you've been given the gift of a new Life -- help it grow!")
I have long thought that very same thing.
I cannot stand that phrase either...Probably started from some greedy, envious democrat to put some business on a guilt trip... The business already gave back by giving jobs that the government can steal from in the form of taxes
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