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What really happens when you try to help the disadvantaged

On a recent episode of Celebrity Jeopardy, Alex Trebek and Christopher Meloni chatted about Smile Train, an organization that provides low-cost surgery to repair cleft palates.  During the conversation, Trebek made a remark about the importance of taking care of “the disadvantaged people.”

To most, this may sound kind, compassionate, and even generous.  To me, it was merely ego disguising itself as benevolence.

When we label someone “disadvantaged,” it automatically puts us one step above.  It allows us to feel good about “helping” because “they” “need” “help.”  And ego falls on the floor, laughing its ass off that it’s driven us to do “good” instead of seeing the truth.

The truth is  . . .

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