There are two kind of good people.
The first group is made of people who do good as a mean to self therapy or as self medication.
Helping others is for them a way to discover themselves and feel better. They join an association or a cause when their life is in transition, with doubt, stress, or deception.
These good doers do not particularly have empathy for others. Others are just on their path of self discovery or self therapy.
Once their healing process is completed their humanitarian virtue would be also gone, and they go back to ‘normal life’. They are good to get something. And they’d join any cause without much forethought.
The second kind of good people is made of people who are highly sensitive to human suffering, so they do good like doctors. They want to heal other people because they want others to be happy.
Often, these people would sacrifice a lot of their life in the pursue of collective happiness. They are more regarding into the cause or association they’d dedicate their time to.
On their way to help others, they’d usually come to discover the dark side of human nature, but that won’t stop them in continuing to serve their cause. They’d just become more careful and less naive.
A majority of good doers are in the first group – doing good as a self therapy or for self interest. The good doers with compassion and empathy are unfortunately just a small minority.
In the same vein, there are two kind of writers. First, those who write for self therapy, and second those who write like doctors seeking to heal the world with their words (Marcel Proust style).
The first group of writers write from inspiration, and the second group think like pharmaceutical companies: they do research of words through trial and error until they’d discover the best words which would heal their readers.
Inspirational writers do write for self therapy. Healing writers do write for making others to feel better.