"the antagonism of self and not-self which has previously insisted upon the divergence between the self-regarding interest and the interests of the generically human life process. This non-invidious residue of the religious life — the sense of communion with the environment, or with the generic life process — as well as the impulse of charity or of sociability, act in a pervasive way to shape men’s habits of thought for the economic purpose."
"Human life must seek expression in one direction if it may not in another; and if the predatory outlet fails, relief is sought elsewhere."
In his day the charitable organisations were semi-religious and tended to be promoting temperance, prison reform, spreading education or support for pacifism. He also names sewing-clubs, art clubs and even commercial clubs (no idea what that means), all endowed by wealthy individuals or through collections from persons of smaller means. Now, he still maintains that much of this work is primarily to enhance the reputation or their promoters, particularly with the foundation of something like a library or hospital wing with one’s name plastered on the front. That sort of thing is all over the