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I admire those who serve others either out of sense of civic / patriotic duty, desire to give back, or just because they care about people suffering /struggling and want to help.  While not all of us can choose military service, run for public office, work for a community service organization or volunteer to help the sick, deprived, uneducated, etcwe can support dedicated public servants and non-profits. At times I‘ve felt good about giving my own time, energy or charitable contribution to aid such efforts. (Note: “Service is the rent we pay for being…the very purpose of life” as Marian Wright Edelman put it.)

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a club WV Theme...

...individual <---> group

the theme is paired with:  #36A Cynicism to make Choice #32    in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:  version 2.0        version 3.0        is this theme new to version 4?--NO

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 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

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Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Philanthropy Prosocial Behavior community service
volunteering public or civil service Volunteerism
Helping Behavior Civic Duty Officials, Bureaucratic 
Servant Leadership

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #17A  Bitterness & Vengeance    #19A  Competitive Capitalism    #22B Imperialism  
#25  Evil is Out There  #28A   Hedonistic Orientation #29B Taking Charge==> Violence #36B  Conspiracies  
#43   Seeking Wealth & Power   #50A Libertarian    #51B Big Business Pushes Global Limits #103A Individual Glory

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #21B: Service to Others

Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network
Volunteers of America
The Giving Pledge ("a commitment by the world's wealthiest individuals and families")
MacKenzie Scott shakes up philanthropy after her divorce from Jeff Bezos by Andrew Connelly (NPR story Jan 10 2023)
"Philanthropy: China's Carnegie" (article from The Economist May 3 2014)
Volunteering is good for mental health (BMJ Open Journal based report by Ashley Welch on CBS News Aug 9 2016)
"Bill Gates wants China to encourage wealthy Chinese to be more giving" by Rachel Armstrong and Andrew Toh (Apr 6 2014 Reuters news item)
"America's Most Generous: Zuckerbergs Donate $970 Million" (Feb 2014 report from The Irish Times)
"Spending Money on Others Promotes Happiness" by Elizabeth Dunn, etal (research paper in 21 March 2008 issue of  Science)
"A New Era of Service" by Barack Obama (essay in Time March 30 2009)
Corporation for National and Community Service (supports "the American culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility")
"What is Servant Leadership? (from the Greenleaf Center for Service Leadership)
Charity Village (Canadian non-profit resources supersite)
Volunteerism--Resources in the United Nations System
Volunteerism in the U.S. (State Dept. info on  public service)
Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012 (USA gov site provides "the most comprehensive look at volunteering and civic life in the 50 states")
"Can Service Save Us?" by Joe Klein ( Time cover story about therapeutic value of public service, July1 2013)
"Public Service is Cool Again" by Taylor Barnes (August 18 2009 article in Christian Science Monitor)
"Micro Volunteers Phone It In" by Amy Farnsworth, (article in Christian Science Monitor, August 2, 2009)
Making a Difference at Home, by Caroline Kennedy (2007 Time article about volunteerism, public service)
Advice for Volunteers
Resources for Finding/Creating Volunteer Opportunities (list of links provided by Patricia Sarmiento)
Volunteer Match (organization devoted to pairing volunteers with non-profit organizations)
Voices for National Service (organization devoted to promoting Americorps)
Youth Service America
How to Become a Volunteer Firefighter
Volunteers in Politics
Giving: How Each of Us Can Change The World, by Bill Clinton (about the book--Clinton Foundation website)
The Do-Gooder Option, by Dan Kadlec  (November 12, 2007 Time magazine article)
Yahoo News Coverage of Philanthropy and Volunteerism
Network for Good
Council on Foundations (promoting knowledge, growth, and action in philanthropy)
A Tradition of Public Service (Harvard University Guide) 
Partnership for Public Service: Work for USA
A Public Service Career in Teaching (on Teach for America website)
USA Freedom Corps (government organization devoted to "We want to be a nation that serves goals larger than self")
Civilian Response Corps ("ready to deploy civilian professionals to support overseas reconstruction & stabilization") 
Project Health (dedicated to "breaking the link between poverty and poor health," employs undergrad volunteers)
quotes related to volunteerism  (from Energize, Inc. a website for leaders of volunteers)
quotes related to generosity

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.