To the editor — There is within each of us a voice that calls out in the still, small hours of the morning; beckoning us to sally forth and wage war against the evils of the world and within ourselves.
Those battles vary with the times and, of course, the ages and stages of those left to our care. Those for whom we are responsible should receive the priority in the strategy of our actions. There can be no narcissism in the process because a person doing the right thing for the right reasons is a form of heroism while a self-centered, self-important and egotistical person is totally devoid of the ability to do heroic things.
Narcissists live only for themselves and in the end, have only themselves. They are a pitiful waste of skin and a life left unlived, in the truest sense of the definition.
In contrast, a life lived for others is the ideal of phileo, commonly referred to as brotherly love, because it is the realization of the very definition of actual love.
Love takes the initiative and makes the sacrifice.