I came across this and I thought, “What a marvelous, fantastic idea!” That it was, if not the most, certainly one of the most caring stories I had read in my 5 years on this platform. And then I was struck dumb, paralyzed, trying to figure out what charity to recommend out of all the thousands.
I read people here who try to do so much good for others and then get caught up in trying to care for themselves, their families, trying to strike a balance. Come here to write and then figure out if it’s for themselves, others, for the money, for some serious purpose or for the fun of it.
I don’t know for certain, but I get the impression that you come from a working-class background, more or less, and those of us who do don’t proceed in life with an attitude of “guilt” so much as with an attitude of “simpatico.” Hopefully. Understanding that there are structures in life that put people in certain “places” not necessarily desirable and that are unjust. But that there is only so much that can be done about it at any given point in time by any one individual. It’s an oppression. The solution is to get out from under yourself and do something about it if you can.
How’s that working out?
I don’t agree with most of the people who don’t think it’s working very well (anarchists, Trumpists, Afropessimists, the AfD in Germany and the others like them around the world, etc.) but then I also agree it isn’t working very well. So put me in there with those who are confused and seeking that balance; with you who admire those making the most sacrifices for the good of others. And I don’t believe doctors and nurses have less empathy. I believe they sacrifice those feelings for the good of others. It is the magnificence of their work. The greatness of their souls. In many cases at least if not most. Perhaps—probably—the nurses, most.
I remember so many times in my life being treated by nurses, mostly in hospitals, breaks and wounds, illness and worse, and the hardships they had to endure, what they had to put up with from one moment to the next, yet how they managed to still be careful and kind to the next patient no matter what. You cannot fake that.
Why...some of my best friends are nurses.