We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"The Americans, on the contrary, are fond of explaining almost all the actions of their lives by the principle of interest rightly understood; they show with complacency how an enlightened regard for themselves constantly prompts them to assist each other, and inclines them willingly to sacrifice a portion of their time and property to the welfare of the state."
Back in the day, had an offspring studying in eastern Europe. The library at the uni wasn't great; the English language section even less so. Accordingly, when were able to obtain a mini-library of texts relating to said offsping's field of studies, we undertook to transport them to the uni. Books most gratefully received, but had the definite impression that our donation was a one-off. When one lives under a Communist regime (which this country had done until shortly before offspring went there), the concept of freely volunteering or gifting things - in this case books - was unheard of.
It would be a shame if we in the West forgot that one of the major factors in the society we have created is the power of the volunteer - whether by money, time, or - as in our case - books.
Back in the 1980s, my wife once worked as the curator/director (i.e., "jack of all trades") for a small historical house in Ontario. To run the house and conduct related heritage activities in the community she relied heavily on her volunteer staff.
That staff was largely composed of local women, usually from a particular stratum in the community: doctors' wives, university women and the like. These volunteers gave of their time (and their money!) and did anything and everything at the house from acting as visitor guides, washing dishes, gardening and so forth.
Put simply: without the volunteers, the house could not have operated.
At one point my wife received a visit from a young Swedish university student who was doing research on heritage organizations in Canada and the US. When my wife mentioned the large and indispensable volunteer staff, the young Swede was amazed. She stated emphatically that, in Sweden, no one would ever volunteer; they'd expect state subsidization for their work.