29 august 2012

Henry Miller despre altruism

nu-s intru totul de acord cu omul asta dar chiar imi place argumentatia lui.

For me it is no problem to depend on others. I am always curious to see how far people will go, how big a test one can put them to. (pentru mine e chiar invers, sunt mai degraba interesat de cat de departe pot merge in "oferta", cat de dur pot fi testat)

Certainly there are humiliations involved, but aren’t these humiliations due rather to our limitations? (foarte adevarat) Isn’t it merely our pride which suffers? It’s only when we demand that we are hurt. I, who have been helped so much by others, I ought to know something of the duties of the receiver. It’s so much easier to be on the giving side. (really?) To receive is much harder — one actually has to be more delicate, if I may say so. One has to help people to be more generous. (haha, vorbeste ca o gazda la o strangere de fonduri. sau un adevarat crestin). By receiving from others, by letting them help you, you really aid them to become bigger, more generous, more magnanimous. You do them a service.

And then finally, no one likes to do either one or the other alone. We all try to give and take, to the best of our powers. It’s only because giving is so much associated with material things that receiving looks bad.
(intr-adevar, totul parca s-ar reduce la bani si la sentimentul de ramas dator) It would be a terrible calamity for the world if we eliminated the beggar. The beggar is just as important in the scheme of things as the giver. If begging were ever eliminated God help us if there should no longer be a need to appeal to some other human being, to make him give of his riches. Of what good abundance then? Must we not become strong in order to help, rich in order to give and so on? How will these fundamental aspects of life ever change?

Letters of Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller, 1932-1953

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