chapters but kept reading to find the hook that caught my friends. And there it was!
The Most Good You Can Do challenged what I know about kindness, empathy, and giving, and it challenged me to think about how open-minded I really am. Not as open as I’d like to think!
The Most Good You Can Do was not looking for my agreement. The author was inviting me to think in new ways. In some situations, the author writes that our instincts can lead us astray when it comes to doing something charitable for the warm glow we feel when we give money, time, or energy to a worthy endeavor. Instead, he argues, it’s imperative that we put aside our “instinctive” reactions and embrace reason. I’d argue that it’s not an either/or dilemma. People give for all kinds of reasons, and the impulse for generosity is good.
Professor Singer says the motivation for pausing our instinctive button is to investigate the opportunity to approach doing the most good you can do rationally and how that becomes more important than self-interest or even mutual interests. I’m still chewing on that idea.
The great thing about reading a provocative book is you don’t have to do anything. You don’t have to change. But this one may cause you to gasp out loud. I did!
So kindly give it a read and let me know what you think.
PAULETTE LOVES BOOKS!
She is an avid reader on many subjects and shares inspirations for mindful practices based on the stories, philosophies, and teachings shared by authors worldwide.
She believes you can find the secrets to living a profoundly happy and healthy life in the pages of many a manuscript authored by masters and novices alike.
Paulette shares what she's learned in easy-to-apply morsels as she practices the insights in her approach to mindfulness, communication, conflict, and just being yourself.
Write to Paulette if a book you love has changed your perspective. Or read one of the books she's listed here and let her know what you've taken away as a personal practice.