Friday, March 29, 2013

Doctors Without Borders...

Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders, yes, I'm on their mailing list.
About a week ago I got an email and they were requesting money to help the people injured in the Syrian conflict. I just felt as though I had to make a donation. Felt compelled? Not sure exactly why; however, I did think for a minute how good I and most Americans have it. Just to be able to know that we have a place to live, clothing, and food. And, for most of us we don't have to worry about it all that being taken from us by an errant bomb or artillery shell; or some soldier or rebel with an AK47. Yes, except for the thugs that roam our streets, we can be safe in our homes and safe to pursue our lives. The people wounded and killed in the Syrian conflict can't.
Does donating to charity make people better, or make them better people than those who don't? Well, I'll let you decide that.
Some could most likely make a good argument that some people give to charities only to make themselves feel better, and the benefit of the donation may well be secondary to why they make donations.
However, regardless of why a person donates, the donation still does what it's supposed to do and that is to help people who need help.
Yes, some people support the so-called arts  and give their donations so that a new painting can be purchased by a museum, or so that a community acting group can produce a new play. Well, hey, it's our money and we may donate or not to whatever cause, if you will, that we want to promote or support. But, I guess when all is said and done, I think most of us who used a little introspection would have to admit that it's surely more important for someone to receive needed medical care than it is for someone to go to a museum and see a new painting. But, hey, that's just my opinion.
So folks, give a little of your money. Give it to make yourself feel better or give it because you care. Doesn't make any difference to the charity, your money still spends and can be used to help those in need.

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