Pathological generosity

In Brazil a man  suffered a stroke, whereupon he started giving away his money, giving food to street children, and being so kind to everyone that he has been diagnosed as having “pathological generosity.”  Interestingly, his condition made him lose his job as a manager for a large corporation.

From Brazilian stroke victim cannot stop helping others after developing pathological generosity because of changes in the brain | Mail Online.

A man in Brazil developed what doctors have called pathological generosity, after a stroke damaged parts of his brain causing his behaviour to change.

The 49-year-old began to give away money, food and drinks excessively after a stroke disrupted the part of his brain related to higher thinking and decision making.

Researchers at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro concluded the man was left with ‘excessive and persistent generosity’ by the stroke which was brought on by bleeding in his brain. . . .

According to his wife, the man spent his money on food and drink for children in the street, and was incapable of resuming his managerial job within a large corporation after the stroke.

When asked by researchers if he wanted to return to work, he reportedly said he had worked enough and that it was time to ‘enjoy life which is too short.’

Mr A told doctors he was aware of changes in his behavior and claimed he ‘saw death from close up’ and wanted to ‘be in high spirits’ from then onwards.

So what are we to make of this from a Christian perspective?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.


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