posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 06:46 AM
reply to post by nixie_nox
My line of work I have seniors call all the time. They are widows. They need to have work done on their house. Their toilet is leaking through the
floor and they can't fix it. they are on social security. And there is nothing we can do to help them. Christmas in April helps who they can, but it
is a drop in the bucket. There really should be more in place to help our seniors.
I have mixed feelings about charities. My downside feeling is that people can assuage their conscience by donating a few bucks to a charity. Drop a
couple quarters into the Salvation Army kettle at Christmas time and SOME people are through with helping the poor.
The Christian Children’s Fund says 26,000 children die every day from lack of food or diseases exacerbated by insufficient diet. The UN says 16,000.
Let’s admit it is very hard to know the real number. Like the undocumented workers in America, you can’t say, “Raise your hand if you are about
to die from lack of food!” OR "If you are here without a visa!”
During times of famine children have always been the first to die. Hey, the mother has got to feed herself or the child will surely die. And when you
are down to dividing roots and insects how do you know when you’ve given enough. Or not enough? Plus, from a Darwinian point of view, adults are the
only one’s capable of reproduction which makes a child expendable in the greater scheme of things. Survival of the species. You can always produce
more children but you cannot produce more mothers!
I greatly admire people who donate their time and money to help others, young or old. But I do wonder if their efforts are not in reality
counter-productive because it alleviates the necessity for the PTB - powers that be - from dealing with that problem straightforward. The only agency
the people can employ to solve national problems is the national government. No other entity has the resources to do the job. And if people’s
attention is diverted away from the grand solution then people will continue to freeze to death.
There is a wonderful story told by Greg Mortenson who made a great effort to build a school in Afghanistan. Briefly, he was on a tour to climb K2,
when bad weather drove them down the mountain. He became separated and lost. Near death he wandered into an Afghan village. Although a total stranger
and he spoke no language they understood, he was immediately taken in, nursed back to health over the 4-5 months of winter. When he was well enough to
depart, he asked what they most wanted. The 150 villagers agreed they wanted a school for their children. Over the next 2 years Greg managed to
acquire the money and returned to Afghan to build the school. Aside from the human interest of a true story of real adventure, Greg’s discovery of
what Afghans really want could be oh so very useful to the US Government how to “win the hearts and minds”
of a far-off people. I sincerely
hope Mr. Holbrooke has read his book. www.pbs.org...
[edit on 2/16/2009 by donwhite]