Hello folks! I know I haven’t blogged in awhile. There are many reasons why that I am not going to get into, but there is something that’s really been bothering me and I can’t seem to get it off my mind, so here I am to speak about it. I know this may upset or offend some, but please try to see it from my perspective.
I am upset and you could even say angry about this whole ALS ice bucket challenge hitting the world by storm. To me, it’s nothing more than a nonsensical gimmick that’s creating a bunch of lemmings.
For starters, I think it’s awesome that SOME people are actually donating. I do understand that donations are up an immense amount, BUT I don’t believe for one second that the millions of people participating are actually donating. I know of many celebrities who are donating thousands instead of the $10 or the $100. I also don’t believe that people “get it” at all. I don’t think they understand what it’s even for or that they are still supposed to donate even if they participate.
With that said, here are some reasons why I’m angry about this.
1. If in fact it’s mostly to create awareness when donations aren’t being made, I do not believe for one second it’s making people more aware. The people that care or care to know, already know what ALS is. I don’t foresee a huge amount of people doing research to see what it is.
2. Why do you HAVE to donate to ALS? Why can’t you pick a charity that you want to donate to? Why can’t each person pick someone that has relevance to their life or loved ones and donate to that?
3. Why aren’t people showing receipts that they actually donated? That’s what I’d rather see. But to go along with that, I don’t think people are doing it to be kind and generous. I think it’s for fun, recognition, attention, or whatever it is. It’s not to do good, for most people. Note, I did not say all.
4. BUT, for those people that I mention above that actually want to do good, why can’t you do it quietly? I am not saying this to toot my own horn, but I donate to causes I think are worthy ALL the time. I don’t tell people because I don’t need them to know. I also don’t have a lot to give, so it’s not maybe worth a trophy of any kind, but I do what I can because it makes ME feel good to actually help other people.
5. Also, why do you HAVE to donate the amounts designated? Why can’t you give what you want? And if can’t afford $100 and don’t want to do the ice bucket business, why don’t people still just donate $10 or $20 or whatever they can afford? No one knows whether people are actually giving or not, so why not just make a donation….period! What if we just give humbly where God calls us to give, in whatever amount we can, and that includes times AND money AND gifts and whatever else you think is appropriate to donate.
6. And this probably should have been number 1, but I am super irritated about the fact that SO many people are wasting all this water. It’s SO useless and worthless when there are SO many that could use good clean water. We take that for granted. Maybe people could donate to this charity or this charity or this charity or this charity or any charity that helps people get clean water that you can find, instead of wasting your cooler full of water or your backhoe full of water.
And furthermore, what does ice cold water have to do with ALS anyway? What’s the goal here? What’s the end game? I can’t take it. I haven’t gone on Facebook all week because it’s just lemming after lemming doing this stupid challenge. You know how many charities could actually be helped if you picked and chose which one you wanted to donate to and ACTUALLY donated without wasting the water?
No, I don’t care to see your video that was the same as the last person and the person before that and before that. It’s not cute or funny or helpful. It’s just plain nonsense! Make a video showing the check you sent to a charity or a screenshot of the email confirmation of the donation you just made online if you need some recognition.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
This should never have been about a “challenge” to see what others will do. It’s taking away from what it’s actually supposed to do. It’s not about getting credit or taking credit for something like this. It SHOULD be about the true spirit of giving.
Just think about what I’m saying…..