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    On Aug 8, 2013 Wayne Iba wrote:

     Indeed, we need more reflection on the nature of helpfulness and service such as Rachel Remen's article represents.  While the distinction Rachel makes contributes several important insights, the concepts of helping and service are not as cleanly separated as she seems to suggest.  As another responder suggested, helpfulness may be a more important focus.  By either name -- helping or service -- an act done on behalf of or for another can be expected to be 'helpful'.  Perhaps we can think about both helping and service as actions performed in varying degrees of 'helpfulness'.  We've all experienced someone 'helping' that wasn't helpful.  Likewise, waiters and waitresses who 'serve' us may be either more or less 'helpful'.  The point is that the servant or helper is 'serving' and 'helping' but the quality of the interaction is independent of the roles (and labels) of the participants.


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