19 November 1956
Topics of recent interest:
“Never give a fellow a second chance!” – the perfectionist attitude where ego and pride are involved. When you take the unforgiving attitude – you shut yourself out from any possible association. When you let a flaw become so emphasized it destroys the cloth – you make a mountain out of a mole hill. Now the whole is used due to an imperfection then.
Shoemaker talk: about charities. Tax everybody by law for contributions toward charities. Explanation: when you do that you:
- have no more power of choice and establish a form of bureaucracy and dictation.
- The physical setup of help needed drains off too much money into paid help rather than willing nonpaid volunteers.
- You run into the problem of accessing real need – and how much is required.
Also, there is no one-way of looking at a situation. Also, if something is a value it will show draw people to it.
Those who do not contribute for one cause because of no personal interest will contribute to another because it is of more vital concern.
The business of human relationships. The idea people want each other because of what they can get from each other.
There is such a change from our agricultural – need each other society to a self-sufficient society in urban centers. Where formerly in small communities people needed each other – in urban centers they need one thing – money – to be self-sufficient – to get nursing help – a doctor or other something – bread or food, or what have you. The personal aspect is not as important in urban centers because you can get all the help you want if you have the money to pay. Therefore, a concentration on making money. The one flaw, however, is social isolation. But even this is compensated for to some extent by institutional gathering places: churches, clubs, organizations, and common interest groups.