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Helping, Fixing, Serving

On Jun 29, 2007 Paul wrote:

I approve of the emphasis on equality. But, I feel the opposite about the words "help" and "serve". Help is something we do for free, and it's ok to accept help when we need it, or let it go when we need to stand on our own. It is a relationship among equals and caring people. Service is not about equals. If I serve you, I am working for you, and you get the mistaken impression of being higher than another. There is a positive feeling of equality among those who help. But a feeling of being used among those who serve. The principle of the message does not seem to be about equality so much as it is about the humbling of one's self.

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