Editor: In his play titled "The Cocktail Party," the British-American Nobel winning poet and playwright T.S. Eliot wrote, "Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm - but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves."
My quibble with Eliot's quote is the percentage. I think he underestimated how much harm is caused by "do gooders" who want to think good of themselves and in the process destroy freedoms.
The late Stephen Covey wrote about focusing on your circle of influence versus your circle of concern. His premise related to this was people who focused on things outside of their control usually saw their circle of influence reduced. On the other hand, those who focused on things they could truly impact usually saw their circle of influence increase and thus achieved more.
I believe strongly in stewardship and being of service. Frankly, however, I've seen a lot of people get so wound up in doing good for humanity or the Earth, that they really don't get much accomplished. In fact, a true tragedy is when they get so overly angry at their fellow humans that life loses meaning.
In hindsight as a younger person, I probably had a tendency in those directions. Getting married and having a family was probably the best decision(s) I ever made. It provided me with concrete purposes and directions.
We all make our own way in life, and that course may not be for everyone, but you could do a lot worse. Frankly, I think esoteric doing good is way overrated. Being a productive member of society is not.
Jerome C. Lippert