Atlanta resident Kevin Salwen and his 14-year old daughter Hannah once saw a Mercedes coupe on one corner and a homeless man begging for food on another. She said, "Dad, if that man had a less nice car, the other man could have a meal."
Once home, she pestered her parents about inequity. Her mom said, "What do you want us to do, sell our house?" That's exactly what they did, donating half the proceeds to charity while using the remaining half to purchase a more modest home. Hannah said, "That house was something we could live without. It was too big. Everyone has their own half. They just have to find it."
From the Salwen's new book, The Power of Half. NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff writes that this is a wonderfully dangerous book for impressionable teenagers.