i am not an altruist. i am selfish. selfish enough to want to live in a world that is not ignorant. so i give what i can. i give books to people. good books with good values. i inspire people to think, for themselves, about that which is most important in life.
everyone -- man, woman, and child -- should have a copy of How To Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren (of 21 fame). it should be handed out in every school, and taught to everyone.
i usually start by recommending The Big Front Yard by Clifford Simak, a story about the importance of ideas. but i'm leaning heavily towards Animal Farm by George Orwell these days.
right now, i'm giving books to a ten-year-old boy who loves to read. i've given him biographies of dr. marie curie and dr. george washington carver, a history of algebra, and The Road To Agra, a book that inspired me as a child. next to food, books are a great way to learn other cultures and expand one's mind.
remember ... four legs good; two legs better!