being involved in several ngo's and etc. sometimes i hear from ppl that this sort of "community service" is really a matter of self-gratification--a way to relieve rich, western angst. so then at what point does philanthropy no longer become self-gratifying? and to what extent is anything NOT self-gratifying? and even if it is, does that really take away from the contributions of your actions? i mean, paying for a kid in a third world country to get a polio vaccine and a basic education still benefits the kid even if you did it so you could sleep better at night...right?