Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Difference

There is a saying that 'He who would do good to his fellow man must do it in minute particulars', ie. you can't help 'Mankind' in general, but you may be able to help some actual men and women. This is the difference between an atheist like Karl Marx and a Christian like Dr Barnardo. Both men had a vision and wanted to change the world. One hurled gigantic curses against 'Capitalism' and called on others to rise up and 'smash the system', while the other built a home for disadvantaged and abandoned children in Barkingside, where as it happens I grew up.

Stephen Hayes, Three Men in a Hut and other Essays

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