Caring for a Better World. You read all the time. This may be coupled with watching or listening to the local and worldwide community news in some cases; you wonder what others think of it? How is the emotional state of mind being affected by the news? Will it motivate or desensitize? Inasmuch, will the next reader say, “This is an article whose time has come?”
For T.K. Coleman’s “Looking Like You Care vs. Creating a Better World,” may be one such article!
Here is his opening, then by all means you can follow the link.
Which is more important:
1) Being perceived by the general public as a person who’s dissatisfied with the way things are or 2) being someone who actually contributes to the process of creating a better world?”
Caring and a Better World
Thankfully, you meet people who will help you in life. Seeing and experiencing empathy is a beautiful thing.
When was the last time you have given thought to the effects of these empathetic people and why they are needed?
There are moments in a person’s life when we meet individuals who help us to carry our burdens. It is important to inform you that the logical and natural reciprocation of a loving act is normally a loving act in return.
NO, we are not talking Quid pro quo. Through the years of work and otherwise, I’ve intrinsically recited the definition of Quid pro quo at times with a sigh. However, for your ease of reference, here is a Google search on the word Quid pro quo: (“something for something” or “this for that” in Latin) It means an exchange of goods or services, where one transfer is contingent upon the other.
With that bit of information provided for you, I resounding say again, “NO.” Quid pro quo is not in the same spirit we are discussing in the logical and reciprocation of a loving act.
Did you know there is an admonition from God to do things for others without expecting anything back? This is shown in Jesus’ words about all his spiritual teachings from God: (Matthew 10:8) . . .You received free, give free. . . – New World Translation 2013 revised –publishers JW.ORG
Now, of course, persons from all walks of life know selling and trading to provide for your family are not in the same context. At this time in history, we have to provide a service in some way to acquire money and food. A man and woman are deserving of their work wages.(Also note we are not talking about marketing either where you give away products for free.)
Question: Well, Sir, what are you telling us then?
Answer: In referencing T.K. Coleman’s article observation, he points out a deficiency in society today. He did not use the word love but in your observation do you think this is the deficiency? Is it a lack of it or are there large numbers not knowing what it means to be motivated by love? How to show it?
In some cases, even socially, people can drift into the frame of mind of treating all their relationships as a Quid pro quo (something for something) instead of doing a kind act or returning the favor in an unselfish way because love motivated them. Indeed, they look out for the well-being of others.
For instance, there was a time when a person made you an apple pie because they loved you. Then their gift made you feel so good that you sometimes surprised them with a peach pie or cupcakes within a month’s time. Let’s place impetus– not because you had to, but because you possessed the ability, and you wanted to do something nice for them.
Is this still the same predominate spirit in communities and culture today?
Without love can this world truly be a better place? Could this world even improve without it?
Should we even develop this article further in a Part 2?