Originally posted by FEMA
The last time you dropped a dime into a begger's hat did you add that he should have paid better attention in school? . . . should have been born
into a society less judgmental? . . . should have been born into a better family? . . . should have been born in a better neighborhood? I'm betting
you didn't; after all, your words of wisdom would only have been casting pearls before swine. Right?
I consider it blasphemous to drop a dime into a begger's hat. You are just enabling them. You give a dollar to a man with nothing who stands
begging at your door and he's going to waste it on one meal. With that same dollar you can buy a bag of rice and keep it cooked ready to hand out to
the next 5 beggars that knock at your door. When I get that knock I have however, been known to give books of wisdom... advice on guerilla
gardening, and when someone asks for food, I feed them. I cannot remember the last time I chose to give someone petroleum as a gift, and I think I'd
laugh at them if they begged for it.
The distance from your living room to that sidewalk is a very short.
The building I type to you from was a condemned building 2 years ago. It sat vacant except for crackheads and prostitutes for close to a decade
before that. A crow may be able to fly 15 feet from where I stand to the sidewalk but that in no way accounts for the many steps I have taken to
crawl from that same sidewalk to this comfortable living room. Every bit of the illusion that surrounds me I have built or rebuilt with my own two
hands. I did the same in the last condemned building I lived in and I will do something similar at the next campsite I crash at. I have standards in
No he didn't, your right. He sent immediate aid, that which he had instantly on hand . . . no grandiose plan, no save the world technology, no
lectures on would'da, could'da, should'da --- no time to waste.
So you're saying he's a world leader who gets bogged down in the immediate and urgent rather than choose to LEAD by focusing on the important, say a
'grandiose plan' to get the US Northeast off its dependence on fossil fuels to heat their homes.
I think its time for Stephen Covey to speak up. "Mr Covey?"
...my dear friends... What one thing could you do in your personal and professional life that if you did on a regular basis would make a tremendous
positive difference in your life? Quadrant II (IMPORTANT but NOT URGENT) activities have that kind of impact. Our effectiveness takes quantum leaps
when we do them.
To say "yes" to important Quadrant II priorities, you have to learn to say "no" to other activities, sometimes apparently urgent things.
The enemy of the best is often the GOOD.
Chavez is getting bogged down in the immediate and managing the urgent at best. At worst he is just another cog helping the cartel. That sounds like
a leader I can really look up to.
He, no doubt, considered that these needy families were not living in nature's lap and that most were confined to cities.
We all live in natures lap and at her mercy. The only thing you can be confined by is your own dogma, poor habit, or desire. Why is it I am able to
stay warm collecting firewood off of curbsides in the middle of one of a US city? Is it a miracle? A grace? no. It is my own self sacrifice,
firewood is heavy.
No, he did not. His words of wisdom were direct and immediate. "People need help, we'll send it right this instant."
Lull pacify... let the peoples minds slip into the 'not-important... not-urgent' everything is ok... you really can keep on living like this...
its real... the oil will keep coming... vote for the man in the blue suit with the red tie.
Ok... so what about next year? And the year after that? And then? How many times can you make the "People need help, we'll send it right this
instant." speech and actually have reserves to back it up. HELLO WORLD: We are enterning an era in which the masses can no longer afford to consume
oil on the scale they are used to. Adapt or die.
Of course, better to send body bags to collect those who succumb to the cold. How thoughtless of him.
Do you not see something wrong with a class of people who live under petroleum based roofs, eating food grown on petroleum derived fertilizer, being
kept alive on petroleum based pharmacuticals, and heating their homes on petroleum based heating oil that their well-armed mafia of red-ties buys on
their behalf at a discount from Venezuela?
Your nation is not capable of producing enough polution on its own? . . . his donation is nothing more than an attempt to usurp the stellar
environmental efforts of the US government?
This is just the point. Why is my government accepting gifts of oil? Why year after year, election after election we talk about our reliance on
foreign fuel and yet nothing internally is done about it except when the people can't afford fuel we buy more cheap foreign fuel? And the skies
become more and more brown with each passing season. Why not... hey Chavez... we appreciate your offer... but we can handle this year on our own...
please help us find solutions for next year.
. . . for the love of God man, or better yet, for the love of your fellow countrymen, please tell me you're not making a political statement by
railing in this thread at the expense of those in need.
There is nothing more powerful than the Word. Humanity is failing. People freezing in New England is not a fluke. It is a sign of things to come.
The Rule is telling man to Change. If you live there and you know you cannot afford to heat your home now... DO NOT EXPECT IT TO GET BETTER. Make
changes in your life now. Find alternatives. The same goes if you find yourself living in the path of hurricanes or the base of volcanoes. You must
expect and prepare against nature's fury.
I'm sure such comments would warm the hearts and children of those unfortunates requiring immediate aid. After all, they need an education in
environmental studies; wisdom isn't it? --- they could burn their books to stay warm.
The only thing that will ever inspire warm hearts in children is powerful leadership. When mom collects her welfare check and gets her free heating
oil they learn nothing. I would much rather see them suffer the cold at an early age. Having experienced Truth, they would be more likely to adapt.
Just what the world needs, more fiddlers' (politicians) while Rome burns.
I am not running for any office. I am only offering solutions.
The next time you're involved in a car accident (I utterly hope you are not) ask yourself what you require more: A lecture on how paying better
attention for that drunk driver around you could have saved you from your pain and grief, OR, immediate extrication and medical assistance.
You've lost the point. These are world leaders. If they were acting effectively there would not be a reduction in the occurance of such
emergencies. Leaders should not waiting for them to occur; circling hawks like the lawyers and tow truck drivers at the scene of your accident...
grabbing the spotlight as humanitarian of the year. That is: "Fiddling while Rome burns".