“You are not here to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand”
~Former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921
I came across Harvey Deutschendorf book ‘The Other Kind Of Smart’ and found his words on social responsibility are so appropriate for what the entire world is experiencing with Corona now….it does hit home and I like to share it with you.
If Corona does not make you think and change, I don’t know what will. However, everyone can and must be socially responsible. This starts with caring about others not having enough to eat and doing something about it, animal abandonment, seeing other in crisis and instead of turning the cheek, you must help. If you don’t have the resources, get other people involved to make it happen.
It has been my life experience ‘what comes around goes around’ and I will leave it at that.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Harvey Deutschendorf on our LifeTalk with Mariette Radio Program.
Can you imagine a world where everyone looked out only for his or her own self-interest? Try to envision a world in which nobody cared about anyone else. Quite frightening, isn’t it? I find it hard to envision such a place. When I do, I imagine violent gangs, murdering anyone who stands in their way, or pirates, staying together only because as a group they are able to become richer faster that they could as individuals. Yet, even in these groups, I imagine there must be some form of caring for each other that goes beyond immediate gain.
I’m sure you are familiar with the saying by the seventeenth-century English author, John Donne: “No man is an island.” It encompasses the essence of the concept of social responsibility. We are all on this earth together and our actions, or lack of them, impact a lot of people around us. We are socially responsible to the degree that we see ourselves as being part of something larger than ourselves. Socially responsible people have a sense of duty to make the world a better place in which to live.
“The Other Kind Of Smart” Chapter 12 – Social Responsibility