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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 poor.
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.
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?
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
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.
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?
Originally posted by RRconservative
The rich man would definately save his child.
Haven't you ever heard of insurance?
The rich know how to protect their assets!
Originally posted by reaper2
In relation to the above qoute. -
I do not donate regularly
42inch flat screen
Clothing is top of the line
Originally posted by Royal76
To a rich man the Bentley is nothing. To a rich man the Bentley is easily replacable, probably covered by insurance anyway.
The child is another in his bloodline. Someone that will go out and further his agenda. The Rich man will if nothing else want the child to take the world just to stroke his own ego.
Originally posted by chissler
So again, depriving ourselves of luxuries is going to solve nothing. We miss out on the "finer" things of life, while others are still in the same shape they are. The answer to this paradox is empowerment. Not money, but knowledge.
Teach them to be better rather than trying to do it for them.
Regardless of our socio-economic status, we can all spare a minute or two of our day to help empower someone in need. Rich and poor alike, nobody escapes the cross hair's of an issue of this sort.
I am involved with a work shop over the next four months which is dealing with about a dozen clients who are looking to empower themselves. From personal hygiene to the "How To" for a job interview, complete random things that most of us never think twice about are what we are going to direct a lot of attention to. Rather than putting a band-aid on their problems, we are going to get to the true root of the issue. Hopefully after this four month program, they walk away with a little self-empowerment.
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