Originally Posted by R1LOVER
The really sad thing is how much money the americans and others donated to the relief efforts over there and now that it happened to us.......... we will not recieve hardley anything..
We need to learn to take care of ourself and then others .......... not the other way around.
as much as it pains me to say this, we really should contribute to relief efforts around the world. And we should ask our citizens to do so as much as they can, and we should encourage businesses/charities/charitable foundations to do so as well.
thats what people who are better off do. Kinda like when you're neighbor (or friend) needs to borrow your car for something important. Yo ulet them. Because you can.
It's a metrail possession, and although no one wants to lose something of theirs, if the need is there, ethics, moral and a good solid upbringing should compell you to do what you can within reason.
personally, what bothers me, is when fine upstanding citizens like sean penn, or Tim Robbins, Or Susan Sarandan, or god forbid George Clooeny, ask me to send over a couple hundred dollars for the relief efforts because they did.
umm little math here, you sent what $1K, so that what percentage of your yearly income of 10 million? oh it's 0.01%
$200 of my $30k salary is what? oh it's 0.6%. and thats about all i've got left after paying my bills to LIVE.
funny how when asked to fork over a million each by Rosey O'Donnell after 9/11, all the stars were absent........
i dont like rosey much, but i respect her for doing what she did.
i also want any money sent to be for relief efforts and rebuilding, not to end up in some dude pocket, like happens with over 85% of what gets sent to Africa and Southeast Asia. Corrupt leaders cannot be trusted, and thats why many people feel like you do R1Lover.
This month's National Geographic is entirely on Africa, and has some enlightening stories, but also some sad commentaries.
personally, supporting other countries in a time of need is one of the many things that historically has made america the greatest single country in history.
And i see no reason to change that.
as long as it's done by willing people, and not because some useless prettyy face tells you to.
it's kinda like the old fashioned "family" unit so many want to get rid of today.
when gramma was sick, she movced in with the kids, not a nursing home.
When billy went to kindergarten, he went for a half day, and then went to daycar or home, not a full day of school so mom&dad could save money and teachers could teach them less.....
When a family member needed something, the family provided for it, or asked the community to help out, not demanded help from the government....
kinda makes me miss the old days.
you know, when people took responsibility for their actions........