For today’s Provocative Question, Fandango asks:
Is it more important to you to be able to help yourself, help your family, help your friends, help your society, or help the world?
I think this is another question which has different answers, depending on context.
You’ll often hear it said regarding health that you’ve got to get yourself sorted out before you can hope to be of use to anybody else. For example, I had to get myself well. to the point where I was able to get myself ready, get out of the house, onto the bus etc. etc. to the hospital, before I was able to help any patients at the hospital.
On the other hand, you can imagine scenarios where that might be far from true. Elected politicians, for example. Helping themselves, their family or their friends should be the last thing on their mind (I’ll leave you to ponder that one!), but they are elected to represent society, so you could argue that that should be the priority.
The interesting thing here is that I haven’t yet mentioned the “world” level, and I think that maybe comes in at a personal level, what we consume and who we spend money with. The first challenge there, of course, is to determine exactly what the world’s interests actually are – generally if you’re helping one person, you’re harming someone else