There’s a point when a helpful hand
And a liberating arm
Becomes a hindering grip
And a restraining force
That restricts growth
And limits those it seeks to assist.
The trouble with chronically helpful people;
Do-gooders who seem to not know what to do with themselves
If they are not helping others,
Is not only that they can be belittling at times,
As they regularly remind the people they save of their great need for saving,
Moreover they seem to need someone to be weak around them.
And so in their efforts they do not breed strength
But inadvertantly breed further weakness
Seemingly intimidated by the autonomy of others.
Perhaps its an overconfidence in their own usefulness,
Or a deep seated need to be needed.
Regardless of what it is
These self-proclaimed saviors
Will keep on saving others
Even when there’s no need for saving.
Its cute until these saviors
Don’t ever let people forget
The good that they did for them.
And before we know it,
The beloved freedom fighter,
Becomes the oppressor.