I have a personal conflict: I have a strong sense of social responsibility, but I’m a solitary guy.  I’m happiest hanging out at home.  But just donating money seems like a cop-out.

Over the years, I’ve built homes with Habitat for Humanity, served on the board of a nonprofit, cleaned up litter, worked in churches, played free gigs for benefits, and on and on.  The list is long, but the length of service, as a rule, was not.

I get bored and I’m selfish with my time).  If there were a cause I wanted to throw myself into in unreservedly this might change.  But so far, nothing.  I’ve worked because I feel socially responsible, but I’ve always felt I was cheating my fellow volunteers who seemed fully engaged.

I guess the question is, “What counts as socially-responsible behavior?”  Or maybe this is just a guilt trip, and I’m looking for someone to tell me it’s OK to stay home and just send a check.