Peter Buffet’s description of society’s perpetual poverty machine, reminiscent of John Perkins “we don’t need more non-profits”. Both point toward why I am (trying) to be exit the investment of my efforts in charity, give away, doing for and not with. I keep getting sucked back in — the needs are so great, there’s always a crisis, it’s easier because it requires little transformation of me or of the other, and there is certainly more companionship. Standing in Parker Palmer’s tragic gap between what is and what could be is challenging, and yet, for me, quite rewarding and absolutely necessary. Come stand with me?