Fantastic list of people!President Monson does exemplify charity as
does everyone else on this list. @Thanda I served a mission to
Johannesburg and loved it! :)
@Free Agency: The problem with defining it that was is that human beings are
short sighted. There if they go into a venture hoping it will gratify them, and
that venture doesn't do it within a "reasonable" space of time, they
WILL give up on it. So that is why we speak of putting others first. It isn't
that you won't derive any benefit from it - it's just that you are more likely
to continue until you see the benefit if you view it that way.I like
your comment about the younger generation: and that is the main problem with it:
impatience and the desire for instant gratification.
These are all certainly admirable people and we're lucky to have them in our
communities.But I wish we'd finally lose slogans like "Service
Above Self." The fact is that these people's selves were *fulfilled* by
their service to others, not "risen above."The writer Ayn
Rand was scorned by many for considering altruism evil. But most people think
altruism means helping others, when actually it means being exhorted by an
outside source to put the interests of others above your own.When
you willingly help others because of your own spirit, the interests of your
beneficiaries are the same as yours, not "above" yours. No one should
be exhorted to help others if s/he doesn't wish to do so. That was what Ayn
Rand considered evil, *not* helping others.This is what Mormonism
teaches too: the path to Eternal Progression comes from the inside out. I don't
believe these six people could have done it any other way. Nor could any other
of us.Perhaps a better slogan would be "Service from the
Self." I think that would appeal to a lot of younger people, for the
empowerment it gives them.
Glad to see the truly good get some favorable recognition. They should be
household names throughout the world as icons of good.
It is good to recognize those whose DNA includes this constant and consistant
strand of service to others. This kind of article and media attention is very
helpful in reminding us all to be compassionate. We need to hear, our youth
need to hear more of this. Thanks for the article and information.
That is a fine list of people.