It’s not help if it’s not wanted

Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Most people enjoy helping others when they can, and when they see a deserving opportunity. It’s one of the best things about human nature. Yet it’s easy to fool yourself into believing you are helping while doing the opposite. It’s not ‘helping’ if it’s unwanted. For example, I don’t want you to hire police to protect me from crime. I certainly don’t want to be forced to pay for them, nor let them interfere in acts that have no individual victim. If I see you stabbing yourself in the foot repeatedly, my intervention might not be wanted. Even if I suspect mental illness, how far should I go to stop you from doing what you want to do? As unpleasant as the reality is, you have the right to do whatever you want to your own body.” (12/06/17)