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.