When I was young, I had some illusions about how the world functioned. I thought it was a more orderly place and that the structures set up to govern societies had social justice mandates which punished clandestine and corrupt behavior. With age and experience I have seen for myself this is not only untrue, but that society has within it many individuals I care not to know and frequent because they risk souring the rest of my time on this planet.
Now I think that we need to know what is good for us and how we choose to spend our time. Helping those who need and want our assistance and our company and value our identities is what matters most.
We can change the world in our own corner and in so doing benefit from those who truly value us so that the experience becomes symbiotic. This need not mean that it must be equal in weight on both sides but only that it holds value for each person.