Originally posted by trev33
after seeing yet another natural disaster tear about one of the world's poorest nations,the majority already living in poverty are now a whole lot worse than before. home ruins, families worn apart... the death toll raising and countless others injured.
why do you deserve to be brought up in a relatively wealthy country with no concern over where your nex ...[text shortened]... y blissfully unaware of the worlds problems during your two week vacation in the sun each year?
I feel a lot of different emotions whenever a disaster hits my fellow beings. I even feel some emotions when bad things happen to animals.
Guilt is not one of these emotions. In the case of a nation that has turned itself over to corruption so completely as Haiti has done I feel no guilt. I feel sorry for them. I feel bad that any people or nation can come to rely on the "kindness of strangers" to the point where they depend on over 300 different NGA and NGO's to maintain what passes as sovereignty. They have been happy for a hundred years to let these non-governmental agencies and organizations provide for them.
They are asset poor, but so is much of the earth. I have been poor, though not to the same extent. Would all of my meager wealth improve the lot of those abused by papa doc Duvalier? Would it help replace the 500 million dollar retirement fund that he stole from the people with the help of the UN? Or would it help return to the people the 300 million that Aristide took with him to South Africa when he was drummed out for corruption? Maybe he should be made to return those 300 million before I give up my few thousands of dollars. I should hope that people who gave money over several decades to help save "the people of Haiti" realize that what they truly did was to fill the pockets of these truly gross and evil men, and they are just a few of the thousands of UN related monsters that continue to line their pockets to this day. It should be obvious to anyone. The fact the William J. Clinton lobbied the UN in order to become their "Special Envoy To Haiti" should alone sound the clarion call to beware of evil men in the cloak of politic, itching to line their pockets with the lardar of fools of good intent.
I am also old enough (62) to recognize a Sysaphistic nightmare of various emotions and failings -- should I become involved with trying to save every group of people on dear old mom earth that decide to rely on others for their existence. The stone is too large and my tiny will-to-be can barely manage to control my own existence of self-reliance, charity to all and trust in those who earn my trust.
With that said, I did give a thousand dollars yesterday to Catholic relief services for their Haiti fund. I have found them to be one of the best NGO's at getting the help to the poorest levels of the needy. Being a reluctant atheist does not preclude me from trusting good people when I find them, and in my 40 years of giving and checking up, they seem to be good people.
One thing that I never expect to hear in this world when it comes to fighting poverty is that exuberant proclamation of Pheidippides upon completion of his run from Marathon... "Rejoice! We've Won!"