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"From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" is among the most famous quotations found in the Communist Manifesto. When compared to some line in Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged, that says, "man- every man -- is an end in himself, not the way to the ends of the others", I think that Marx's quotation better fits how society should be. As a whole, the quotation promotes philanthropy and contentment, while Rand's encourages selfishness. To me, the first portion of Marx's quote means that people should give to society that the best they can according to their abilities. This boosts the financial and volunteer side of philanthropy. Philanthropy is a important part of the society; it provides people better lifestyles. A personal example of this is my experiences with Camp Good News. Camp Good News is a nonprofit camp for inner city children conducted by volunteers. Since the camp is dependent upon volunteer employees, parents can cheaply send their children there for a week Many summer camps, even Christians one, could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, but it also costs less than one hundred dollars to attend Camp Good News. I had the pleasure of spending several summers volunteering at Camp Good News, and by doing so I was allowing children to attend a camp without even placing a substantial burden on their own caregivers. I was giving into the community based on my ability to achieve that. I had been fulfilling the first portion of Marx's quote, also in process I had been bettering the lives of children. Not only does philanthropy make the lives of individuals better, but it is very important to the survival of many men and women. Several individuals would not be living without philanthropy or governmental intervention. An example of this is found in the YouTube video from CBS Evening News with K.. .