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OT: Asking for help (was Re: OT: "Science is interesting; if you don't agree, you can fuck off.")

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Thursday, November 15, 2007, 5:41
Mark J. Reed wrote:
> I must agree that one shouldn't always wait to be asked for help. And > therein lies the rub, since deciding whether or not someone who is not > asking for help needs it anyway is wholly dependent on the beliefs of > the prospective helper. To go back to the religion thing: if you > truly believe that everyone who doesn't share your faith is going to > be damned for all eternity, how can you in good conscience *not* > proselytize? > > > On 11/14/07, caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...> wrote: >>> Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...> wrote: >>> Simple qualifier: "Stay out of other people's business UNLESS INVITED >>> TO BECOME INVOLVED." Thus people asking for help can find help and >>> people wanting to be left alone can be left alone. >> I don't find that qualifier so simple. I must assume that you are not >> limiting this invitation to a verbal one. I can think of many >> situations where a person is in trouble and is not able to ask for help >> in words. >> >> Charlie
Now this seems like an interesting conculture topic. In particular, the whole "stay out of other people's business unless invited to become involved" seems very much like a Zireen attitude to life. It works for them, but then, they're not human, and their sensitivity to others' emotions is more finely developed.


Sai Emrys <sai@...>