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Desperate Housewives and Altruism

In Season 3, Episode 16, Edie Britt suddenly has to take care of her 9-year old son Travers. "His father is going to work for Doctors Without Borders in Kenya," Edie tells Carlos, her voice dripping with sarcasm and loathing.

In Season 3, Episode 16, Edie Britt suddenly has to take care of her 9-year old son Travers. "His father is going to work for Doctors Without Borders in Kenya," Edie tells Carlos, her voice dripping with sarcasm and loathing. I found this line uproariously funny and so did the other MSF volunteers who were watching the DVD with me. Why? Because like most satire and lampoonery, there is a painful grain of truth hidden in the humor. The seemingly selfless act of working for MSF is not always so selfless. People volunteer for MSF for a variety of reasons, altruism being only one of them. In some contexts, working for MSF can be a supremely selfish act.

I am back in Loki, Kenya, for Easter weekend. Another fever, this time more of a respiratory infection, no doubt I caught it from some poor child who does not get to come to Loki to recuperate. I am better though, and will go back to the field on Tuesday.