Friday, June 15, 2007

the do-gooder

The "do-gooder" does that which is good by his lights. Yet by the lights of another, the do-gooder may in fact do evil. The do-gooder interferes with the status quo, he intervenes in a situation in which he is not a participant to perform an act of good. But what will be the consequences for this single "good" act? Even by the lights of the do-gooder himself, might these consequences not themselves be evil? Yet, how selective is the do-gooder's blindness towards these failings! ~ He cannot resist the urge to interfere again, to disrupt and perpetrate evil secure in the close-minded "knowledge" that he does good! The wise Samaritan intervenes in a situation he understands in a situation of which he himself is a part.

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