While I tend to agree with some of which you say, I think you point the finger too much at those who do happen to be in the upper echelon of our
socio-economic spectrum. We should not 'pre-judge' them simply because they are rich. To say that he or she bought a Bentley versus saving a
child's life is a little off, in my opinion. I think it is suffice to say that anyone living above the poverty line, could spare a few dollars to
help save a life over in Africa. Rather than looking at the rich, we should look at everyone. What percentage of your income would you personally be
willing to donate?
Whether it is five dollars or five million dollars, every penny makes a difference. Why would we ridicule the rich, who seem to donate plenty of
their resources to helping others, and not 'ourselves'? Are we saying that you need to be rich to donate money? What about the Average Joe next
door who makes fifty thousand a year, and does not donate two nickels of that to a charity. Do we ridicule him? Certainly Joe could spare ten or
twenty dollars to help save a life. But do we find his mug shot in our cross hairs? No. We focus on the rich, and have this naive preconception
that he or she should be donating a large percentage of their money, to a cause that 'we' overlook on a daily basis.
reaper2, feel free to ignore this part of my post, but if I may, I would like to ask a question or two of your personal situation. Do you donate to
charity on a regular basis? How big is your television? What type of vehicle do you drive? What about your shoes? Even if you have a small
television, cheap shoes, and a real 'bomber' of a car, you certainly could of cut more corners and donated more to charity. We all can. Next time
we could go with the 12 grit toilet paper rather than Chanel. Or next time we want to go out to the movies, or supper, we'll stay in and have a
microwavable dinner so we can offer that money to a life in Africa.
See my point?
At what point do we stop living and sacrifice for a life we will never know? Believe me, if I were in a position to save a life, I would sacrifice
anything I could. But frankly, I do not trust most of these organizations that say they are saving lives in Africa. How do I know for sure that I am
not paying into a fund to pay someone else's mortgage?
While I may refuse to donate my money to these 'Save Africa' funds, I do donate plenty of my time to help local youth find a home, enjoy a warm
meal, and help turn their life around. I am currently volunteering on a committee which is attempting to get a non-profit organization off the ground
which is aimed to help teens from 16-19 find a 72 hour safe house, rather than living on the street. I donate my ears on almost a daily basis to
those who wish to make use of them.
So rather than ridiculing the rich, we should look at every individual. What percentage of their income are they willing to contribute? What
percentage of their time are they willing to contribute? The Average Joe can spare a few bucks, and a few hours, to help save a life. "We" should
not get a free pass on this issue, and it seems too often we do.
The gap between first world & third world nations is growing. Our goal is to empower the third world and help pull them from the darkness. Our goal
should not be to undermine our own lives. Yes, we need to close the gap. But let's close that gap by empowering them. Whether it is two dollars,
or two minutes of your time, both are vital.
Originally posted by reaper2
In conclusion I believe we in the first world are guilty of the deaths of some 4 million people world wide each year. We are too selfish to to help
others , we are blind to the plight of the “have nots” we say we care but wont get off the backs of third world country’s. We don’t stand up
to government for human rights or what is so clearly a fairer system. Even in first world country’s we could infinetly do more to help our own
So my position I hope is clear, we in the first world are just as reponsible as our governments for the avoidable deaths of millions and that means
YOU TOO. Yes you chose the bentley over the child.
Are we, as a society, greedy? Certainly. But we are not responsible for their deaths. Again, before ridiculing everyone else, take a look at
yourself. You have a computer, an internet connection, and I can only assume what else. How much did all of this cost? Why not sell these
'luxuries' and donate them to an African fund? Is this computer, internet connection, etc., nothing more than an indication of greed?
Am I a greedy, selfish, SOB because I have a 42" television in my living room? No, I am not. We have one life time here on this world, and I am
going to enjoy every year, every month, every week, every day, every hour, every minute, and every second. Watching a big ass television contributes
to my happiness. I could of donated this thousand dollars or so to a charity, just as you could of donated that money last week when you went out and
bought your own luxury.
Forcing myself to live in poverty is not the answer, and I am not going to take the blame for the deaths of others. While I am prepared to donate a
percentage of my income, and donate as much time as I possibly can, I am not prepared to punish myself because not everyone has the same advantages as
I. Are you prepared to punish yourself? Do you honestly believe that is going to accomplish anything?