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Thursday, September 6, 2012

How Good Are You?


Generosity and compassion are part of the psychological make-up of most people - at least they tend to start out that way. Wishing to help others and do some good for others, whether it's because the others are less fortunate, or simply need a hand becoming acclimated to a new city or country, or to learn the intricacies of a new language, or how to boil an egg, or because tragedy has struck an entire region such as the earthquake in Haiti or Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, tend to form part of the human condition. When such tragedies strike, people often band together in order to present a united front so that greater help can be given more quickly. And thank God for it. Think of the occasions you have heard - with perhaps admiration and astonishment - that an anonymous donor has gifted an orphanage or the victims of some natural disaster with enormous sums that boggle the mind, on the condition that the donor's name not be revealed.

Back to our slightly more normal situations. What happens after you helped acclimate that new person to your area, and showed them the ropes about the best places to shop and some good restaurants? And what happens after you helped someone really get into the language of this place in which you both reside? Or what happens after you spend months helping out in Haiti (like Sean Penn), or in New Orleans (like Brad Pitt), not to mention the thousands of nameless volunteers?

Here is where how good you are really comes to the forefront. Because somewhere between beginning the process of helping (whatever that help entails) and having done it for a while, the jockeying for position begins. People need to be told how good I am. So blog posts are written, photographs are posted, calls are made, emails sent, all in the hopes that others will notice my magnanimity and generosity - so that they will know how good I am. Does everyone do this? Obviously not. But some do. And I wonder to what degree they are aware of it. Because the real purpose of today's post is not to point the finger at those who do this - after all, they did, indeed, help others, and showed great generosity - but to perhaps allow them to realize (should they recognize themselves), that this need for praise, honor, and recognition underlines a very different, and poignant need in themselves - a need to be loved, and of course such a need stems from insufficient self-love.

How good are you?



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