Pay it forward

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Pay it forward er speciel måde at udføre gode gerninger. Hvis du låner penge ud, eller gør en tjeneste kan du bede om at blive betalt tilbage ved at "pay it forward" eller "betale det videre". Så skal man gøre en tjeneste eller låne pengene til nogle andre, der er i nød.

Begrebet stammer helt tilbage fra skuespillet "Dyskolos" af Menander i det gamle Grækenland. Benjamin Franklin genopdagede "Pay it forward" og beskrev det i et brev til Benjamin Webb i 1784,

I do not pretend to give such a deed; I only lend it to you. When you [...] meet with another honest Man in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to discharge the Debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I hope it may thus go thro' many hands, before it meets with a Knave that will stop its Progress. This is a trick of mine for doing a deal of good with a little money.
 
— Benjamin Franklin

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