Monday, October 10, 2011
Heidegger explained at the EagleiOnline.
In his work Being and Time, Martin Heidegger lays out the often overlooked idea that there are two distinct ways of caring for the other. Heidegger termed these contrasting ways of helping other people as “leaping in” and “leaping ahead.” With leaping in, one cares for the other by simply taking up that other’s burden and giving it back to him as a finished project. For example, your brother is struggling with his homework so you tell him all the answers, he hands it in, and he gets an A. On the other hand, in leaping ahead you help the other to take up his own burden by giving him the means to bear that burden on his own. In the same example, instead of simply giving your brother the answers to his homework, you could spend time explaining the actual concept he is struggling to understand. In both situations the outcome is the same; your brother completes his homework and gets an A (assuming you adequately taught him the concept). The difference between the two scenarios is that while leaping in and giving your brother the answers helped him in the short term, it failed to provide the same long term benefit that leaping ahead to teach him the concepts could have.
If you care, teach a man to fish.
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