In the world? I am having a hard time dealing with the fact that we are free and able to live a privileged life when so much of the world is starving, being persecuted, living in horror. Like honestly, we can watch a movie that cost millions of dollars to make when children are dying because they can't afford even a grain of rice....or witnessing/being subjected to horrible violence and persecution just because of where they were born. We can drive 2 minutes down the road to buy a chocolate bar made by child slaves. We complain about taxes, roads, anything that isn't perfect really. Don't get me wrong, I know we all have our real issues that need and deserve to be dealt with, believe me I know it's just that the world seems to have 2 extremes. One extreme is that we can put drugs into our body for fun/to block out emotional or physical pain/whatever when so much of the world don't have access to basic healthcare. We have so much food that obesity and eating disorders are a major problem...when most of the world can't even eat.
We used to be quite pro active in doing our part but lately have not done much at all. My question is, what do you do? And why is the world so out of whack? I seriously can't get my head around it.--
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27-07-2012 09:52 #1
What do you do to make a difference? *Not a cheery post*
27-07-2012 09:59 #2
And it's the same within our own country. There is such a gap between rich and poor. People complaining that 10c of 'their' tax money is going to help a single mother raise her children on next to nothing.
27-07-2012 10:02 #3Senior Member
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Personally - not enough
I try to buy free trade/oxfam etc for presents etc
We but a buy an oxfam goat and chicken at Christmas, last year we bought a bag of manure
Ive sponsored a sewing machine and a cow
We buy second hand where we can
We don't sponsor a child ATM but will look at another World Vision one soon
I work for a employer that is governemnt sponsered to educate people about Ausaid and the issues that Ausaid assist with
I try to raise awareness of third world issues
I am involved with a family of refugees from Lopit
I'm trying to raise two children to be empathetic about work issues
Im am often sorry but that's as much as I do
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27-07-2012 10:05 #4
I just dont know how you can ever feel like you are doing enough?
27-07-2012 10:10 #5Senior Member
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Like WCM I'm big on oxfam. I shop there for presents and donate to their campaigns.
In Aust I make a monthly donation to Red Cross for their breakfast program.
I don't do enough. I used to go to rallies/protests etc but no time any more.
My dad has almost gotten himself killed in the name of making a difference. It's his life. I wish I was more like him.
27-07-2012 10:11 #6
I'm at peace with the fact that i can never do enough. I donate financially when I can, and I will raise my children to be aware of the injustices in the world. We try to tread lightly on the earth, too. We live in a small apartment and try not to use too much power or rely on a car. We buy a lot of second hand and try not to over consume. I feel like my career makes a difference, as well, as does DP. Not in world-changing ways, but in making a small difference.
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27-07-2012 10:13 #7My dad has almost gotten himself killed in the name of making a difference. It's his life. I wish I was more like him
I am having a really hard time in my own life at the moment but am feeling really guilty for it because I have access to so much.
27-07-2012 10:20 #8
I feel like I can't do anything. I've pretty much given up.
27-07-2012 10:24 #9
There are 2 problems with the world Greed and Religion. One usually goes hand in hand with the other.
Get rid of those 2 things and the worlds problems are fixed.
27-07-2012 10:31 #10
Just donate monthly to the Red Cross for their breakfast program.
And my credit card is one that donates some fees/% from my card usage to the RSPCA rescue program.
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