Doing the right thing often has a cost associated with it and, more often than not, that cost tends to skew high. Maybe what we need is more competition to do the right thing.
Do you have a calvary? A community that you can call on when you need help, because we all need some of that from time to time?
Superman had his earthly parents. And Lois. Spiderman ... Aunt May, Gwen, Robbie, and Mary Jane Watson. (Sure, they're heroes from comic books but their creators realized the truth: even the strongest of us need backup now and then.)
Life is hard sometimes and self-sufficiency is fine but so is balance and self-awareness and realizing that asking for help isn't a sign of weakness but an act of courage, humility and smarts.
Parents who give a damn are invisible heroes because learning on the fly and getting your hands dirty and not getting enough (or any) sleep and still making it to work are not newsworthy. Nor is the ability to institute discipline, or to help with homework when you'd rather watch a ballgame, or stand back and let your kid make mistakes.
Parents who are "there" personify hope. They help their children develop muscles of belief that flex when the going gets tough, lifting up their hearts and spirits with a reassurance that life is on their sides.
Parents -- and family -- are our first community; the blueprint for our larger communities. So even sans children of your own, you're still on the hook. You still share the responsibility to love and nurture the community where you live, work, play, sleep, eat, laugh, love, share, cry, learn, and dream, to be "there" for your community as if it were a part of your extended family.