Fear mongers, scare mongers, gloom and doom, and donations too

14 Mar

Okay, we all care about what is happening in Japan, even the cold-hearted among us, at least insofar as it affects each and everyone of us in the world.  Some people are heartless, and they don’t get the concept of what is happening to the Japanese people as they deal with the aftermath of an incredibly severe earthquake, tsunami and now a nuclear plant’s meltdown process.  I can only imagine what it is like for them.

At the same time, seeing it play out via Twitter and Facebook gives it a whole different dimension.  Human nature is just not a very pretty sight at times.

First, there’s the obvious.  Scare mongers and fear mongers are using the fear of radioactive fallout to stir up their usual brand of crap.  It’s made worse by the fact that it is a real hazard that we’re likely to have to deal with.  Okay, but lets have some facts in this scenario, not just a bunch of wild suppositions and terrified rants.  Fear doesn’t help anyone to prepare, especially when its fear playing on portions of the event that may not have much basis in reality.  At the same time, I don’t know anyone who trusts the government to be on the population’s side.  Everyone figures that they will lie to us.  That feeds the fear mongers even more, that distrust.

Politics…it’s like a cancer, it invades everything.  It also doesn’t do much good for anyone, plus it seems to breed prolifically, sucking up resources without delivering a darned thing.

We do need facts.  Facts about what is really happening and the level of concern a person in the United States should legitimately have about the fall out issues.  Right now, who do we trust?  EVERYONE is starting to look like they are lying for their own agenda.

Then comes another side of Americans that isn’t very pretty sometimes.  It’s nice to help out our global neighbors when bad things happen.  I agree that we should.  BUT…that having been said, I’ve done a lot of fund raising for non-profits in the United States.  Texting to donate $10 for Japan is easy, and apparently (if Haiti was an example anyhow) Americans like easy donations.  Try raising money for a local program though.  You are struggling to sell $2 raffle tickets and baked cookies.  You beg with businesses and individuals to donate.  You contact one corporation after another, only to have to jump through hoops in hopes of that $10 or $20 donation.  You cajole your volunteers into showing up and doing something.   It’s a nightmare.

Why on earth are we Americans so willing to help a starving child in some distant country get food, medicine, clothing, and an education…while here in the United States, we have our own children with inadequate diets, no medical care, inadequate clothing, and pathetic excuses for schools?  I’m not talking the children of drug addicts and alcoholics here, I’m talking the children of loving parents who are desperately trying to provide for their families in a really tough economy!

The same with animal rescue.  We’re willing to help street dogs in some Third World city, and yet in our own cities, we’re killing thousands of dogs daily, and desperate rescue groups try to find volunteers and donors to keep their programs up and running, to stop the daily killing in their own areas.

What is wrong with us?  We can’t help the world if we don’t help our own neighborhood out.

And if you are interested in volunteering, donating, or doing anything else to try and help out right here in our own back yard…do something, even if you just go to Exogeny Network and see what we’re doing there.  Yeah, we’re trying to get The Exogeny Center up and running…as well as Gregory Miller’s work with Help Health Phillipines, so we’re not Isolationists with a selfish mindset.  We do care about the global community, but while we do that, we need to ALL remember we can’t help the world without remembering that our own back yards need our attention too.  Become a volunteer.  Do something that matters!

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