6 rules governing Good Samaritan-ship and do gooders (based upon a book hunter’s apocryphal story)



Purportedly found on a slip of paper inserted between leaves of Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz, a used book priced at three dollars in a Housing Works thrift store in Manhattan.

Take note. Read carefully.


1. take care of YOURSELF and your kin

2. watch your back

3. don’t get involved

4. watch out for desperate types in dire straits; they at the least want something from you and may want to rob you

5. avoid undesirables; they’re trouble

6. no good can come out of helping the unfortunate; there’s only a potential downside



— “transcribed” out of thin air by Roger W. Smith, perennial bargain book hunter and would be do gooder; New York, NY, December 2017

About Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith is a writer and independent scholar based in New York City. His experience includes freelance writing and editing, business writing, book reviewing, and the teaching of writing and literature as an adjunct professor. Mr. Smith's interests include personal essays and opinion pieces; American and world literature; culture, especially books and reading; classical music; current issues that involve social, moral, and philosophical views; and experiences of daily living from a ground level perspective. Besides (1) rogersgleanings.com, a personal site, he also hosts websites devoted to (2) the author Theodore Dreiser and (3) to the sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin.
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3 Responses to 6 rules governing Good Samaritan-ship and do gooders (based upon a book hunter’s apocryphal story)

  1. Pete Smith says:

    Difficult to agree with #6. The whole note sounds like a deranged person who ran into a lot of trouble in life.

  2. The post was meant to be a Jonathan Swift type satire.

  3. gsmilnor says:

    Roger – Interesting ( to say the least), Scott

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