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When I use the term "True Service" what I mean is dedicated work done in the world which includes a consideration of its effect on others.   It is not charity.   Rather, this new concept rests on a redefinition of work itself - in the redefinition of what a job means.   It recognizes that every type of work or job by definition is only properly done when it includes consideration for the needs of those affected by the result.  

In practical terms, this means that any task can be done in one-way or the other. Any job, any work, can be done by using the power of that effort solely for one's own benefit or by looking out for the benefit that job's real purpose has for others: whether it is President of the United States or garbage collector.     True service is achieved when any job unites power and purpose in benefit to the public.

Every action properly done is an act of public service no matter how high or how lowly the actor.   Every action is significant and every single person is critically important.   For even the vagrant on the street has the power to ruin your day or end your life.

I submit that our dizzying maze of interconnected social problems can only be properly met and resolved when a critical mass of individuals begins to act according to this new understanding.    I suspect that only in this way can we build a better life.
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Eric Z. Lucas is an alumnus of Stanford University (Creative Writing Major: 1972-1975), the University of Washington (1981: BA English Literature and Elementary Education) and Harvard Law School, J.D. 1986. Since law school he has been a public (more...)

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