On Altruism – Response

August 3, 2012

I hear you with the altruism. We can feel very cold sometimes…but I can also say that Rotary International may have been the greatest export the US ever offered…

I can also say that, as a nation, the US is the most giving. Individually, I mean. Part of that, I think, is because of our slightly-right-of-center mentality…we understand, fundamentally, that ‘it’s up to us’.

I don’t know if this is related, but I often think of the concept of ‘American Exceptionalism’ — My belief is that yes, we are exceptional, but not by right-of-birth as some would demand we believe…we have to earn it, and continue earning it. By our very founding as a nation that came about by people who braved the oceans, and held it together in a strange new world, eschewing concepts of nation “ownership” by right of whatever and really working to think, and plan, and offer this grand design (by Masonic Deists who declined to shove their own ideas down too many throats, I might remind some), we are very special.

I also think of the ‘Silent Majority’ — again, with a twist. The real jerks are loud, clear, and inhibited by no sense that they should mind their mouths or abhorrence of reducing themselves to that level…if the decent human beings came out with half that bravado — the light would be blinding.


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