Remen, Rachel Naomi
Written in 1999, Remen's short essay clearly distinguishes between the verbs ‘help,' ‘fix,' and ‘serve.' Remen argues that helping and fixing is the “work of the ego” whereas serving is the “work of the soul.” While one can help or fix from a distance, Remen believes that “we cannot serve at a distance. We can only serve that to which we are profoundly connected.” These ideas elicit powerful questions about what is or is not service and whether service is or needs to be as profoundly deep and personal as Remen suggests. Is Remen's a good working definition of service? Is serving distinct from helping or fixing? Why or why not?
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