“7. You’re pretty hard on the activists, aren’t you?
Well, I’m tired of people projecting their fantasies onto me. If you want to be wise and benevolent, that’s fine, providing that you do it for real and not as an exercise in self-delusion. Go make the world a better place in your immediate vicinity, with your own hands, so you can tell whether it’s really helping or not. Anything else is just make-believe.
You don’t really know anything unless you’ve done it with your own hands. I wish people would stop giving money to big Scam-O-Rama organizations and would get their hands dirty instead. You can’t save the world by writing a check or by believing what you’re told. You have to see and do things for yourself. And when it doesn’t work, you should clean up your own mess before moving on. You can’t do that when you’re not involved in the day-to-day reality of the problem. ”