16 So, What Is Needed?

In the prior post, we discussed people’s need to be needed. It plays out sadly in pet food commercials that tug at owners’ generosity emotions. Pets are supposed to give their owners happiness by gobbling up the advertised food. Careless owners are tempted to overindulge in watching their pets eagerly eating, resulting in obese pets. Carried to excess like this, the artificial need to be needed is injurious.  In this post, we examine what is needed. Insensitivity quickly becomes sinister.  For example, people rightly feel needed when they practice empathy and encourage their neighbors to succeed.  However, the process turns …

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