By Robert Wuthnow
Robert Wuthnow unearths that those people who are so much all in favour of acts of compassion are not any much less individualistic than somebody else--and that those people who are the main intensely individualistic aren't any much less concerned with taking care of others. Robert Wuthnow unearths that people who are so much curious about acts of compassion aren't any much less individualistic than an individual else--and that people who are the main intensely individualistic aren't any much less fascinated about taking care of others.
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What came of it was a group of volunteer funeral-home directors who were willing to be listed in local nursing homes to help people not be buried in potter’s field. I felt real good about that. We went out and buried him in the cemetery for veterans. ” As she says this she seems to relish again the feeling of having done something good. But I am struck by the fact that it is the feeling that matters to her more than anything else, by the number of times she uses “I” in her account, and by the fact that she has chosen to tell about caring for a corpse rather than for someone who was alive.
When asked if she ever helped any of the women she meets at US outside the center, or ever tried to befriend them, she shies away from the question, suggesting it would be awkward to do that. Although Janet is a devoted mother and wife, it is also hard to find evidence in the rest of her life of a deep sense of caring toward anyone outside her immediate family. When asked to think of some special time when she had shown compassion to someone, she recounts a story of a dead man. “It was when I was still working and had no children, probably fifteen years ago.
I realized at some point, probably in high school, that I had a fear (still do I guess) that I would see somebody hurt, and God forbid it would be someone I knew and cared for, and I would know there’s something that could be done for this person to save them, but I wouldn’t know what it was. ” This realization terrified him; he began to make efforts to overcome the terror by learning whatever he would need to know to prevent such a situation from occurring. At first he was able to resolve his fear by learning water safety.
Acts of Compassion by Robert Wuthnow