Labor: to labor, or to get and take?

Posted by Buck68 on June 11th, 2019 filed in Domestic Issues, Human Nature, Politics, Thoughts


It’s been, again, ‘way too long’ since I last… labored to offer a useful article here on Flawed Species.  But, I still ‘have’ that gift that has been given for some time now:  TODAY.  Except, this day, i am trying to helpfully use this unearned opportunity!

===I was scanning o’er the internet when I ‘happened’ [meaning:  Nobody Caused It] upon this article:

Suddenly… after decades of ‘so knowing’ how government and special interest statistics proved… whatever the collector of such stuff desired… i ‘discovered’ … something ‘new’.   Uh… ‘my’ ‘awareness’?  LOL

What kept me going after laughing at myself was a faded 50 year old memory of how President John F. Kennedy’s “Peace Corps” had inspired so few American youth of the early 1960’s to do something simple yet profound:  send themselves to help those less fortunate… instead of sending ‘sacks of rice’ to ‘underdeveloped, poor’ countries while commending ourselves for our …’generosity’.

I wonder… how can my ‘good intentions’ of ‘generosity’… produce worse results over time for others I intended to ‘help’?  Answer:  yes.  Why:  same answer as the Peace Corps premised its purpose on, so long ago but not at all long ago in the Circle of Life of Human … “Progress”.

I recall that the appeal of JFK to ‘us’ youth, started with a recognition that all those American “Foreign Aid” shipments of food to ‘the Third World countries’… did not seem to accomplish much, while ‘the need’ kept growing and the appreciation for our help… kept waning… even to rejection and anger.  Not only that… but why The Big Deal about Helping Them… when our own poor in Appalachia and The South were… so needy?  But I lay all that aside… in the greater interest of re-cog-nizing JFK’s appeal to motivate a few Americans to join the Peace Corps and ‘go there’.

Instead of ‘stay here’ and ‘send more $’ or Food for Peace, like our government did in the 1950’s.

What do I remember as That Call that ‘so inspired me’… that i did NOT join the Peace Corps, but I DID JOIN… the service?  And that i do recall… that i sensed this was not a ‘service’ name for a ‘contracted time’… but… ‘for the duration’.  I.E…. ‘for life’?   That…was ‘scary.’

JFK’s appeal itself was simple and easy to understand.  In essence it said:  “give a hungry child a bowl of rice, and he returns the next day… for more rice.  Send people to the homes of these ‘poor’ ‘unskilled’ people, to learn about them and teach them how to grow food… and they become able to feed themselves for their lifetime.”

Is my recollection of this appeal ‘accurate’?  It is my opinion; is it your recollection; and/or, your opinion from what you perceive?  Regardless of my opinion or yours or anyone else’s… is there something in this appeal… some common sense… for all of us?

How has this appeal – to ‘go there, learn about ‘them’, and teach how to grow food… working from the 1960s to… now?

Closing thoughts:

1-If it works… keep doing it.

2-If I am ‘unwilling’ to receive a person sent to help me, then i suspect he or she will be unable to help me.

3-If I am ‘unwilling’ to work… and keep working… then what I started out learning to ‘grow’… will die without my care.  Then I will have put myself… back into that daily Bowl of Rice line.

4-Shall we compare these two basic ways to ‘help’, based on the foundation of the ‘willingness’ of the receiver?  Meaning, if I help a willing worker with a bowl of rice… have i helped him or his family for their tomorrow, their future?  If i keep feeding a person daily… will that person’s willingness to work increase over time… or change toward a feeling of ‘you owe this bowl to me’… and spread to other things too?

I know what my answers have been… for decades.  I’ve taken both paths… and many in between.  I have ‘given much’ with my good intentions… that i have not ‘been there’ to see the effects.  IOW, whether what i gave ‘helped’ or not, in each use by some giver to ‘help’.

I have been ‘eating my own bowl of rice’ far too long, and far too often.  IF I am to ‘help’ another, that person must be willing to receive what i am offering… and i must be THERE to work WITH him or her about why and how to… ‘help’ another human being… i.e. ‘anybody’!

I suspect ‘my terms’ have no moral authority… be cause I am… me.  But God does, and He IS… The Living Word.

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