A few months ago, my dad and I were coming back from UPenn hospital. We always saw a few homeless old men standing on the streets with their cardboard sign, asking for money. We drive by them so much that we don’t really give money. It kind of hurts to see them standing next to the streets every time, with every car passing by as if immune to their need. It hurts that they probably would prefer not to be standing in the cold all day, laying aside their pride so they could live. To be honest, when people hate on homeless people because they might use it for alcohol, if I ended up homeless, I’d probably rather stay drunk all the time too because I’m too sad.
This time, my dad and I decided to give one of the usual old veterans two bucks. A few minutes later, we arrived by another one, and before the traffic light turned, I quickly dug out a spare dollar in my bag.
It’s barely enough for them to get a nice, hot meal.
How many times in our lives do we pass by someone in need? While it hurts to see all those cars passing by, it also makes sense that we don’t give every single time we want to, because there are just too many damn times it happens.
How many times do we see homeless people? How many commercials do we see of starving children and animals? Or families requiring funds for a funeral or hospital bills?
So, we have to choose our causes. What are we willing to spare our efforts to?
And then I think, how many hours do I waste doing nothing?
On my birthday, I wanted to choose a cause to ask people to donate to. I ended up not creating a fund for any cause on Facebook, because I couldn’t decide, and because I felt awkward asking people for money, even if it wasn’t directly for me.
My question is, what’s your cause, your passion, your purpose, the reason for your drive?
I know chasing riches and fame doesn’t necessarily equate to happiness or satisfaction. But I always felt like at least it gave you more power and control to change the world and influence it for the better. I know you can still dedicate other efforts, like afford to donate $5 here and there, or volunteer your time and efforts. But I do also feel that money and voice used in the right ways can really make a difference.
America is one of the leading powers in the world, yet I think America encourages greed and selfishness in its capitalist system… we ask other nations to do things that we wouldn’t do ourselves, like reducing waste. Americans are hella wasteful. And obese. lol. Guns. Fast food. Trump… these come to mind first these days, rather than Freedom. Opportunity. Equality.
Some Personal Causes:
-Environment; Waste, Reducing one of the top 10 causes of plastic waste, which is straws
-Asian Americans in Poverty
-Everyone else in Poverty and starving–> microfinance?
-Worldwide Poverty and Issues related to it- Clean water for them
-Gun Control; aka Everytown donations
-Funding for Medical Research, specifically more rare chronic illnesses and lung disease which are often overlooked…
-Assistance to Animals –> shelters, rights… even for the ones who are going to be slaughtered for food. Humane ways to treat the living with more respect for life.
Edit: Jk, I decided to make a fundraiser for WWF, Worldwildlife Fund. Whatever happens happens. 多少算多少 – more or less it counts.
Update: It’s only been a day so far, and omg, I’m beyond excited!! I expected it to be a sad result of $5 by yours truly, but I set a goal of $100 and we’ve hit $90 so far! PEOPLE DO CARE. HUMANITY IS RESTORED ^_^