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Will you make a pledge to give away all the income you make over the national median in your country/state/or province?

I am not saying this is the right thing to do, so please no hate mail. But if anyone would like to make a pledge to give away all their salary above the national median in their country/state/ or province, feel free to do so here. You can give away the money to a worthy charity or a neighbor, it does not matter. This was inspired by the President of Uruguay, known jokingly as the poorest president in the world (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20334136). He does this. I was hoping atleast ten people could pledge to do this, and we could stay in touch over the next couple years, sharing how it has changed our life. In years we make less than the national median, we can pledge to give 10 percent. Thanks for reading.

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  • Jan 1 2013: To the originator of this conversation (and why are you hiding behind a generic name?):
    Can you list for us your gross annual income the past 10 years, and then how much you gave away each year, and to whom?
    I like to see people actually 'put their money where their mouth is' - I respect those who do. As they say, "Talk is cheap".
    Unfortunately, people who have grandiose dreams often never look down to see the people in their lives who directly need help today and in small ways - and perhaps even in ways not requiring money.
    So I urge you to actually start giving away your money and make notes on your observations and feelings and experiences. And then let's see how much you gave, for how long, and how you felt.

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