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value and admire those who wish to serve others—
either out of sense of civic duty, a desire to give something back to
the community, or simply because they care about people suffering and
struggling and want to help. While not all of us can run for
public office, work for a non-profit community service organization, or
volunteer to help the sick, deprived, uneducated, etc—we
can show our support for dedicated public servants and groups that do.
At times I have felt good about giving my own time and energy or
charitable contribution to aid such efforts.
I thought people could be trusted, had good intentions, were decent,
caring, honorable. Now I think otherwise:
humans are self-serving; many are corrupt: fraud / bribery follows
them! Those who embrace altruism are deluded, not seeing misguided
self-interest for what it is. Many “do gooders” are hypocrites, too
stupid to see themselves as such. I was once more accepting
Now I am critical—sneering
at, and finding fault with, much of what people do and say.
Most politicians are crooks. I don’t support “public
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from Coming of Age in the Global Village, by Stephen P. Cook, with Donella H. Meadows.