"There's no end to the good you can do — if you don't demand credit for doing it," somebody once said. True? Many folks waste huge amounts of energy trying to get recognition and reward for their deeds. (Some also expend great effort in claiming other people's accomplishments as their own.) On the other hand, has the quest for fame motivated noble work that would never have been attempted without that ignoble prod?

The acme of charity is to give an anonymous gift, and to be so selfless as to then forget the act. That's something a real mensch (of any sex) can strive to achieve — though it's not something that any of us can ask of another.

Tuesday, January 11, 2000 at 06:49:23 (EST) = 2000-01-11

(see DarkGlory)

TopicSociety - TopicJustice - TopicLife

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