TO HELP OR NOT TO HELP



Helping Others & Myself

Do no harm!


Know my own limits!


Do "with" vs. "for" others!


Be a good listener!


Respect the right of others to reject my offer of help.​


Most human beings help one another.  When family members help, they call it family responsibility.  When neighbors help, they call it neighborliness.  When citizens help, they call it good citizenship.  When professionals help, they call it a livelihood.  I call it survival.

The survival of individuals, communities, and societies depend on mutual aid giving.  When  disasters, disease, disability, and death strike, we need one another.  Helping the hungry, the thirsty, the poor, the homeless, the widow, the orphan, and the sick are espoused by monotheistic world religions as a way to show our love of God and of one another. 

The importance of doing good deeds, being neighborly, and being good citizens is taught to youth by parents, religious groups, schools, and the media. Seldom is the question -- "To Help or Not To Help?" -- raised.  It is assumed that making efforts to help others should take place regardless of our preparedness to be helpful or the potential consequences of those helping efforts.  

This website explores ways we help, why we help or do not help, and what can get in the way of being effective helpers.  This exploration includes the personal, professional, organizational, and societal perspectives as well as the moral, philosophical, or religious works that influence these.