from a speech on being honoured by the government for
donation of an ambulance
Historically, mans ability to endanger his own
existence far exceeds his efforts to preserve it.
His inconveniences, hardships, problems, ailments
his situation generally of being precariously fragile,
far outstrips the solutions and remedial measures that
are inherently available from his own social order, or
are made available to him by the philanthropy of some and
the enterprise of others.
Our problems of food, shelter, medicine and social
adjustment are growing incredibly faster than the ability
of any well-intentioned search to find solutions and
For myself, premature aging has brought cataracts, not
only to my eyes, but also to my brain, and I cant
see faith or feel hope.
I can see, however, that what is needed here most is not
just eyes, but vision.
Note: Personally, I hold that altruism
is, like conscience and the soul, only a notion that
human beings have created for their own comfort. No other
species is blessed or cursed with these ideals; in
reality, they do not exist at all. My own charity, like
that of others, it follows, is motivated by weakness,
fear, insecurity, and self-deceit.