“How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it.”
— Adam Smith
Ever wonder why parents give presents to their babies without ever being thanked?
Ever wonder why people give money to a cause from which they’ll never reap any financial reward?
Ever wonder why people answer the call for non-profit radio stations pledge drives when they know their donation is so tiny it probably doesn’t matter?
Ever wonder what prompts people to join the Peace Corps when they can make more money in the private sector?
Ever wonder why people would clean up running trails on a Thursday evening when they could be doing something “better”?
Ever wonder why people bother to pickup trash at all?
Ever wonder why people go back to school late in life just to teach?
Ever wonder why the term Good Samaritan was every uttered in the first place?
Ever wonder why some people fight for the little people, the forgotten people, and the downtrodden people, knowing that they’ll probably be forgotten one day, too?
Ever wonder if there’s more to this world than just reaching another milestone, running the rat race, stressing over the trivial, waiting for the next “big” thing, talking about ourselves, finding fault, making profit, obsessing about our image, and taking vacations?
Yeah, me too.
Yesterday’s gift of time … Played a few games of free rice, did the dishes on a Friday night, and hosted another teenage sleepover. … Spent a little time wondering, as well.