I don’t do Hysteria Driven Social Media: I do watch the news and we have gone silent on this problem: The United States purportedly spent $2.8 billion in Haiti – in total 9 to15 Billion was gathered for this appeal… Trying to find out where this money has been spent is virtually impossible. Haiti is still a hell-hole with even the United Nations being sued for the spread of disease.
ALS unknown to me personally until people started throwing water and ice all over the place is a sad indictment of how we as human beings perceive what is the right thing to do in this complex ‘social media’ driven madness of a world. Raising awareness is one thing, but you all ‘laugh and jump about in hysterical fun’ and challenge others for more fun not because you think about the disease because it is funny to get cold and wet? I find this concept totally bizarre considering the idea behind this ‘gage’ and the actual pain and the suffering that people, who have this and similar diseases, endure.
I am clearly not in the ALS hype camp, but I do give to local charity annually. I am clearly saddened that this distorted world is a world that does not channel funds into the right projects, projects which could help mankind in fighting all manner of disaster and health issues – including ALS, instead we throw millions into projects, at the drop of a hat, where corruption is forecasted ahead of time. The tsunami appeal was the same and we do not search to weed out the corruption behind it. How many ALS victims could have been helped with only a small % of that wasted money. How many people should it have been helped have access to ‘clean water’ and proper sanitation in Haiti?
Sadly 360,000 people still live in the “temporary” campsites — susceptible to inclement weather, forced to cope with insufficient access to water, poor sanitary conditions and a cholera epidemic.
Like a Mexican Wave this will eventually peter out and then we will then see whether you will all donate money without being made to do so by a stupid challenge, but with an understanding and the conscious mind. Will Social Media deliver that image – I doubt it.