We are more ready to spare cash or other items, but very difficult to spare one's time. Nowadays when someone asks for our co-operation, the easiest way to dispose of such request is giving some cash. This leads to many unwelcome trends as the situation is exploited by self seekers and vested interests.
The reasons is that every one of has only the same time-of 24 hours in a day. But when it comes to cash or other assets there is difference. No one can transfer even a small fraction of one's own time to another. Time has to be used and managed by oneself.
We can entrust our other assets to someone else for managing on our behalf. Time cannot be entrusted like that. There is no way as of now to add to our quota of time. Any other asset can be increased by proper investment or even lending. Time has to be managed by one alone. That needs effort . The inherent nature of humans thus impedes bestowing our time for others . It is only when we feel that it helps us in some way that we use our time for others.
The above attitude and approach has now led us to a situation that from a small friendship club in a small village to large NGO, they are all flush with funds and various other donations, but there are not much competent , capable, sincere and devoted persons to manage them. So many such organisations are being led and conducted by the same old people year after year, term after term.This also can lead to corruption, exploitation , misuse and fraud. This what we get to see in many examples.
I think this is more to do with the fact the time is a fixed commodity and the rest is a variable commodity that we can adjust with.
Mr. Natarajan made a very valid point. People are ready to donate money for anna dhan but they lack the time to be present at the spot. When it comes to charitable organizations also, we might be ready to spend money but won't take the effort of being there physically.
Even for our kids, we will provide the best education, best maid or the best baby sitter as we do not have sufficient time to spend with them. Instead of sitting with them, we are spending the time at work to earn more which will apparently be spend on the maid or the baby sitter. Also, we are destroying our health by working too much and taking stress.
"Do not give up, things might not favour you always"