General good is the plea of the scoundrel

He who would do good to another, must do it in minute particulars
General good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer.

– William Blake (from the poem Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion)

Do I want to make the world a better place? Well, I could give money to an organization, I could “raise awareness” (whatever that means), I could write your Representative about fairer laws, and those would all be good. But I think Blake is right here: the most good you can do is love your neighbor in a real, practical way. Find a particular person with a real problem and help them.

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