If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.
We live in a largely individualistic society. Our culture emphasizes self-sufficiency and control in the pursuit of achieving individual goals. We must make an effort to guard against the tendency to focus on ourselves to the exclusion of our fellow human beings. The tendency towards selfishness rather than giving.
I’m not saying we all follow this, it simply happens, through busy work schedules, stressful events, and just our hectic lives in general. Even for those of us that follow a self-centered approach, helping others has its own advantages:
- It makes you feel better about yourself.
- It connects you with another human while helping them.
- Improves the state of the world.
- Your good deed could lead to a chain of good deeds.
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