It’s All-the-Rage these days. “Making a Difference”. And—“giving back to the Community”. But…..why? Seriously. Why?
Exactly WHAT??–has “the Community” TANGIBLY done, for you personally? Did the “Community” buy you a Car? Or pay for a years-worth of your College classes? Or pay your Rent? or get you a Promotion? Did they pay your big medical bills? No? Then why on earth do you feel any need to “give back” in the first place?
No one answers this. They believe in “Service”, but they can’t (or won’t) tell you Why.
Most of the time they tell themselves they “made a difference” by volunteering, but 5 out of 6 times, what really happens is, they make sure that the next day, they are sure to wear the ribbon, badge or pin that they got for Volunteering, to work with them the next day. So YOU will be curious and ask them about it. They simply want the recognition and to feed their ego. WOULD THEY have volunteered or “been of Service” IF they couldn’t tell anyone at all that they did it? I truly wonder.
Think about this! You, and your sweetie are stranded on some Island. The weather is warm. There are Coconuts, Guavas, Papayas, Grapes, Oranges, Pineapples and Berries growing everywhere. There is even a fresh-water lake with Trout fish in it. But no snakes or wild animals. The only problem is, there is only the two of you. There are no other people on this Island. S0…..you have NO ONE, to “be of service” to. NO ONE, to “give back” to. No “Community” to “make a difference” in. No community to “recognize your contribution”. Just you & your sweetie. No one else to “serve”. Would Life be futile and meaningless? Would you kill yourself? Could you still be happy on this Island?