“Helping, fixing, and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.”
– Rachel Naomi Remen from,
A Time for Listening and Caring
The quote above was selected as “Voice of the Day by Sojourners”.
I think that the problem in America is not only the limitations on-and-through “fixing” and “helping” others, but the real issue is what service actually is and means.
For example, many Americans who served in the Armed forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere thought that (1) they were doing service and at the same time feel that (2) the people in those countries owe-them-something.
Both ideas about servicing and owing for service are misguided at best.