Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 42 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 4 (46 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   1 comment
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
Life Arts

True Service

By   Follow Me on Twitter     Message Eric Lucas     Permalink
      (Page 2 of 3 pages) Become a premium member to see this article and all articles as one long page.
Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1  
View Ratings | Rate It Headlined to H4 8/3/12

Author 80363
Become a Fan
  (7 fans)

At one point he knew he was dying and he was prepared to die.   He occupied his time preparing others for his death.   He left notes hidden around his home:   making jokes, making observations about life, reminding his family members to do things, and even asking his mother to apologize to the doctors for his violent behavior all those eighteen months ago.   The wonderful little boy that he was came shining through.  


Yvonne spoke about how Cyle had been such a good son and how he changed their lives. But I was left with the transformation that Sven and Yvonne had achieved in Cyle's life. They put Cyle first.   He died at peace, knowing he had true parents and that he was a loved member of a real family.  


I say it was a transformation. Yet, it was also something more.   It was true service . They put Cyle first and they saved him.   He received what he needed. I was left with a deep feeling of gratitude for these young parents.   I am grateful because but for them my actions would have been futile.  



Power and Purpose


Sven and Yvonne went far beyond what was required of them as foster parents.   I have seen situations where the foster parents are merely in it for the money.   This was my great fear.   But my fears did not come to pass because they responsibly united their systemic power with their true purpose.


When I use the term "True Service" in this new way , I am not referring to government service, elected office or even volunteer "community service." And I am not relegating regular work or our regular lives to the realm of the "private:" Because in a certain real sense our regular work and our regular lives are not merely or simply "private."  


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.


Next Page  1  |  2  |  3


- Advertisement -

Must Read 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

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...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting
/* The Petition Site */
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Black Lives Matter: The Problem of Citizenship

Create the Compassionate Society

Redefining Citizenship Can End the War on Drugs

Black Lives Matter: Voting Rights Are Not Enough

Incognito versus Wooden: The Mythology of Ruthlessness

Demonization and Political Rhetoric