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Why don't they first turn their sights to helping the poor, uneducated, sick, dying or disenfranchised in their own countries?
Wot aggravates me, Samivel, is to see 'em a wastin' all their time and labour in making clothes for copper-coloured people as don't want 'em, and taking no notice of the flesh-coloured Christians as do. — Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
originally posted by: loam
a reply to: borntowatch
This isn't really a subject I know very much about.
But I think everyone generally hears of the good some projects do....rarely the 'mistakes' as you put it.
I think that's worth understanding too, don't you?
originally posted by: kosmicjack
a reply to: borntowatch
You raise some excellent points.
But I still do think there are opposing purposes for so-called "humanitarian" work - genuine humanitarianism, religious evangelism, adventure and political.
And, when it comes to religious evangelism - isn't it kind of like answering a question no one asked?
originally posted by: mysterioustranger
a reply to: loam
Hello Loam. Nice to speak with you. Im reminded of an analogy about missionary work:
There were several missionaries who went to the jungle to teach the natives about birth control, and the proper way to use condoms. The lecture went very well.
A year or so later...they returned to that village and noticed there were little babies everywhere, but the village was very very clean and tidy.
Every broom in the village...had...yep! Can you guess the end here? The brooms all had condoms on the handles!!!
Just shows that the Missionaries best of intentions can fall on deaf ears when there is a lack of understanding!
I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said, "Stop! Don't do it!" "Why shouldn't I?" he said. I said, "Well, there's so much to live for!" He said, "Like what?" I said, "Well, are you religious or atheist?" He said, "Religious." I said, "Me too! Are your Christian or Buddhist?" He said, "Christian." I said, "Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?" He said, "Protestant." I said, Me too! Are your Episcopalian or Baptist? He said, "Baptist!" I said, "Wow! Me too! Are your Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord? He said, Baptist Church of God!" I said, "Me too! Are your Original Baptist Church of God or are you Reformed Baptist Church of God?" He said, "Reformed Baptist Church of God!" I said, "Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915?" He said, "Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915!" I said, "Die, heretic scum!" and pushed him off.