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The Balance

03/01/2010

How does one balance generosity with people’s tendency to take advantage of one another? Is it better to err on the side of caution or the side of kindliness?  When does giving cease to be helpful and start to create unhealthy dependency? When does caution interfere with one’s ability to create and maintain meaningful relationships?

There are a lot of things I don’t know, but most of them I can look up if need be.  There’s no authoritative codex of human interaction which dictates the extent of these and certainly no consensus between individuals.  Strict social interaction is one thing, but this is more personal.  People are different, some people care instinctively a great deal for their neighbor, some people don’t.  Do the uncaring need to pretend to care?  Or just make sure they aren’t hurting anyone? Should the kind individuals mind their own business?  Or should they do even more?  What would really make the world a better place?  I can see the arguments for both sides, and neither side answers all the questions.  Finding the right balance for any given situation is tricky, and logic will only get you partway.

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