Some of us, for better or for worse, live by the principle that if it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing. To those who appreciate the extreme meaning of “too much of a good thing,” Larissa MacFarquhar introduces readers to individuals for whom doing good becomes extreme. Her book titled, Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help
, offers an unusual take on altruism. She profiles individuals who have become totally devoted to helping others. I finished the book wondering how to process these stories of people whose strong ethical commitments seemed to be lead them to live miserable lives.
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