Help: The Original Human Dilemma

Help: The Original Human Dilemma

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by Garret Keizer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0060816147

ISBN-13: 2900060816147

Pub. Date: 08/23/2005

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

It is the primal cry, the first word in a want ad, the last word on the toolbar of a computer screen. A song by the Beatles, a prayer to the gods, the reason Uncle Sam is pointing at you. What we get by with a little of, what we could use a bit more of, what we were only trying to do when we were so grievously misunderstood. What we'll be perfectly fine without, thank

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It is the primal cry, the first word in a want ad, the last word on the toolbar of a computer screen. A song by the Beatles, a prayer to the gods, the reason Uncle Sam is pointing at you. What we get by with a little of, what we could use a bit more of, what we were only trying to do when we were so grievously misunderstood. What we'll be perfectly fine without, thank you very much. It makes us human. It can make us suffer. It can make us insufferable. It can make all the difference in the world. It can fall short. In Help, Garret Keizer raises the questions we ask every day and in every relationship that matters to us. What does it mean to help? When does our help amount to hindrance? When are we getting less help-or more-than we actually want? When are we kidding ourselves in the name of helping someone else? Drawing from history, literature, firsthand interviews, and personal anecdotes, Help invites us to ponder what is at stake whenever one human being tries to assist another. From the biblical Good Samaritan to present-day humanitarians, from heroic sacrifices in times of political oppression to nagging dilemmas in times of ordinary stress, Garret Keizer takes us on a journey that is at once farranging and never far from where we live. He reminds us that in our perpetual need for help, and in our frequent perplexities over how and when to give it, we are not alone.

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ISBN-13:
2900060816147
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/23/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288

Table of Contents

1The Dark Wood1
2The Dubious Samaritan19
3The Dream We No Longer Admit53
4Those Who Have Hands99
5The Domestic Samaritan149
6The Descent Into Hell191
7A Better Plan Than This233
Notes249
Bibliography267
Acknowledgments275

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Help: The Original Human Dilemma 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tell your mom sercetly and she will handle it
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It wears it away. Thats how i lost mine.
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Im 17 and i was raped by my step dad if i tell he threaened to kill me what do i do
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