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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. ”
R Plamondon

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