Voluntarism (from Merriam-Websters’ Online Dictionary, http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/voluntarism+):  

Main Entry: vol·un·ta·rism
Pronunciation: 'vä-l&n-t&-"ri-z&m
Function: noun
1 : the principle or system of doing something by or relying on voluntary action or volunteers

    Have you ever noticed that in many volunteer organizations (without paid staff like the Red Cross or the Scouting organizations have), much of the work is done by a handful of individuals? One thing that I’ve begun to notice about the individuals that do much of the work is that they tend to be the people who have the least amount of time available because they have other commitments as well. 

    I kind of wonder what the folks who aren’t volunteering are doing? Many of them seem to have small children.  Funny, I don’t remember requiring that amount of attention when I was little! (I’ll bet I get a comment from Mom about that one!).

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2 Responses to Voluntarism

  1. Mom says:

    Your right, you didn’t require a lot of attention when you were little…..because you had a terrific imagination and I encouraged you to use it. Therefore, you entertained yourself and your brothers (sometimes), with fun games and things you made up yourselves. And see where it got you!!! Your a jet jockey by golly. Did I do a great job or what!!!


  2. Christoph says:

    LOL, don´t wanna interfere in your family issues, so I respond to the topic: I´ve made a similar observation, so I guess you´re right. The few people (20% of the society?) are volunteering and keeping the country rolling. Each of us (who are engaged in social, cultural, political, sports origanizations) should encourage others. The more people try to improve things, the better it gets!

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