J.K. Rowling Morally good?

"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case, you fail by default." -J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling started writing her first Harry Potter(HP) book in 1990 while on a train going to London's King Cross. However, she had to stop writing abruptly after the death of her mother. Due to her mother's sudden death, Rowling sunk into a deep depression. She later moved to Portugal in hopes of overcoming her depression and to begin writing again. But instead of overcoming the depression, she sunk deeper and stopped writing all together. While in Portugal she got married and had a daughter before the marriage suddenly ended. Rowling and her daughter moved to Scotland after the marriage ended, and she found herself hitting rock bottom. She came home to no job, an unfinished book, and was living off of unemployment benefits all while still struggling with her depression. She came back to Scotland and started to write again. She wrote in coffee shops while her daughter was asleep. After she had finished the manuscript of the first HP book, she sent the first three chapters of the book to 13 different companies. The first 12 rejected her idea, but the last one, Bloomsbury Children Books, agreed to take on the book. The book was finally published in 1997.

"I think you have a moral responsibility, when you've been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently." -J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling was one of the first authors to make it on the Forbes billionaires list, and aslso one of the first to come off the list. She gave sixteen percent of her net worth to different charities and even usd that money towards creating her own charity, Lumos. Lumos is a charity organization that helps end the institutionalize of children and ensure all children a safe childhood. It also transforms outdated systems that drive these families apart. Most of these children are in the institutions because of their families wealth, disability, or ethnic minority. These children are not orphans. They have families, but they are unable to provide adequate stability. Rowling knows what it is like to be living in poor conditions and does not want other families and kids to feel the way she felt. Rowling has said, "I think you have a moral responsibility, when you've been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently". I think this shows a great deal of her morality. She knows what it feels like to be on the bottom, and she also knows what it feel like to be on top. But she doesn't let the money get to her head and tune out all the struggles, instead, she uses her power to help those who need it. Rowling's generous donations and ablitly and desire to help families and children less fortunate is what makes her morally good.

  • http://www.philanthropicpeople.com/profiles/j-k-rowling/
  • http://blog.uncollege.org/failure-rejection-success-j-k-rowling
  • https://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/jk-rowling
  • https://wearelumos.org/about
  • http://www.jkrowling.com/about/
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