by Sara Debbie Gutfreund
“No way, I’m not giving them the wrong answers. We should help them.”
He looked at me like I had landed from another planet. “Help them? Why? Do you want to be nice or do you want to be successful?”
I put down my notebook, looked him straight in the eyes and replied, “I want both.”
I thought about that moment recently as I was catching up with a friend of mine whose life has taken such a different path from mine. She was feeling lost and confused in a world that seems to blur the lines of morality more each day. Like my experience in college, it is hard today to believe that we can be kind and still be ambitious, that we can be truthful and still be successful, that we can fight for justice while still being compassionate.
We need to know that we can. It is difficult to remember that we are doing the right thing even when it seems like everyone else is doing something else.
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