Larissa Mac Farquhar: Self Sacrifice, The Price Of Idealism

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Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi–two names that come to mind when discussing lives of extreme ethical commitment. These do-gooders (according New Yorker staff writer Larissa MacFarquhar) are admired, but sometimes disliked. Strangers Drowning gathers together stories of folks who, like Gandhi and Mother Teresa, set out to help others–despite personal harm or public criticism. MacFarquhar will explore this concept of idealism: How far is too far? Is self-sacrifice necessary in helping others? Should we focus on helping people in local communities or in far-off places? The answers to these and other questions “may change not just how you see the world, but how you live in it,” says writer Katherine Boo.
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