Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Paying Up and Paying Forward

An extremely rare document goes on the auction block in New York today… an early copy of the Magna Carta will go to the highest bidder in a benefit for the Perot Foundation.

What is the significance of this document?
Quick history lesson for you: The Magna Carta was first issued in 1215 by the English, and has greatly influenced the development of common law over the centuries, including the Constitution of the United States and our Bill of Rights.

It is not to be confused with a fictional character which was actually written-out of the third Austin Powers movie, a down-and-out ex-wrestler named Magma Carter

What kind of Christmas Bonus are you getting—or giving—this year? Try to top this one: The State Bank & Trust of Fargo, ND is giving its full-time employees $1,000 each and part-time employees $500 each.
There's one catch – recipients must use the money for people in need.

The bank calls it the "Pay it Forward" initiative. Bank employees cannot use the money for themselves, their families or families of other bank employees…and each employee must document their good deed with a video camera.
The deadline is June 30.

Wonder how many of these will show up on YouTube by next Summer?

Why do we wait until the end of December to display this kind of behavior? Seems to me the world would be a better place if we practiced such tactics 365-days a year.
Such a dreamer, me.

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