freakin bucket challenge
"Ice Bucket Challenge: Rant Warning. If you’re loving it, you probably don’t want to hear this.
On discovering that the ALS charity only puts 27p in every £1.00 towards research into ALS, I better understood my reticence around (what seemed to me to be) knee jerk responses to popular “cause memes” and was frankly relieved that I’d stuck to my decidedly unpopular principles about supporting charities
My unpopular position on charities is that I don’t give them money and I don’t advocate for others to do so by joining in campaigns like the Ice Bucket challenge.
But let me be clear, that is not the same thing as me saying that people shouldn’t shouldn’t give to charity!
I have always advocated that people should do what they are moved or called to do.
Not what they think they should do. Not what others are doing. Not what peer pressure tells them to do. Not what time pressure tells them to do. Not what tradition tells them to do. Not what the Media tells them to do. Not what someone on facebook tells them to do (yes including and especially me;) Not what the authorities tell them to do and not what a guilty conscience tells them to do.
I’m not always consistent, but one thing I have been consistent about is learning to listen and surrender to one’s soul. It’s the story of my life, so I kind of have to be consistent about that!
What I’ve noticed is that most of the time, most of us do things based on our cultural conditioning, habit, herd mentality/fear of missing out and other sub conscious triggers, rather than the inspirational urgings of our soul and the joyful silent calling of our hearts.
The reason I don’t advocate supporting any charity is not because I’m a stingy heartless bastard (although I would say that wouldn’t I?;) it’s because the fact that there are so many thousands of worthy causes which charities are heroically attempting (and in the main failing) to address, is clearly indicative of a deep fundamental systemic problem with our entire society.
In other words, our society is so insane, dysfunctional and self destructive that it spews forth a never ending cascade of pain, suffering, illness, violence, injustice degradation, waste and inequality.
And yes I do put the responsibility for diseases like Motor Neuron Disease on our society. It is notoriously difficult to find a disease whose cause can’t be traced back to our toxic lifestyles.
Whether it be through stress, diet, or pollution, they way we live is the main cause of the way we die.
So for me a Charity, any Charity, is a symptom of this systemic societal disease, in the same way that a headache can be a symptom of a brain tumor.
In this analogy supporting a charity is akin to taking a pain killer when you have a brain tumor. Yes it offers short term relief (which is not to be sniffed at) but does nothing to address the cause of the headache and if the brain tumor has not been diagnosed, it actually does great damage by alleviating the pain (so that you think you’ve solved the problem) while the brain tumor grows…and eventually kills you/makes our species extinct.
So, personally I don’t give to charities or advocate for charities because even if every charity in the world were fully funded, yet Western Civilsation continued to be as dysfunctional, self destructive and insane as it is now, all those causes we were able to address, would re-appear almost immediately in other forms and we’d need a whole bunch of new Neurofens for those “new” headaches.
But as I say, easing the pain of a splitting headache is a valuable, even vital service and so if anyone feels called to support any charity with their money or time, then they are to be congratulated and thanked. But I will leave it up to them and their soul to decide which charity they support, without any advocacy from me.
Somewhat ironically/paradoxically after saying all that, I myself work part time for a charity! But I’ll never allow my part time work on the headache (which is a joy and a privilege) to fool me into thinking that is healing the tumor. That is what my full time work is for.
Most important of all, both my part time and full time work feel like callings (that I couldn’t avoid if I tried, so there no question of me being more “moral” or ((god forbid)) “conscious” than anyone else, I am most definitely not)
But having a calling does afford me the luxury of not needing celebrities to get cold and wet on camera or charities with clever viral marketing campaigns and ridiculously high admin costs to guide my choices. I feel truly blessed and deeply grateful for that and wish everyone out there the listening skills to hear their calling too.”
-well put, Chris Paradox.
people are blind and they follow smells like dogs. the social media smells…