Ethical question

If you could afford to give $1.00 a week to either the Humane Society in your home town, or to an needy child in Africa – which would you do?

If you could give $1.00 a week to BOTH a needy child in Africa AND the Humane society, would you?

Really?

You would?

If you said yes – most of you are lying.  Because most of you can, and most of you do not.

And don’t say you can’t afford $2.00/week for 52 weeks.  That’s $110.  What do you spend on Internet access a month? $19.95? $49.95?  Haircuts?  The Dry Cleaners?

Time to stop making excuses and get involved.  In a meaningful way.  Start with a dollar now.  Just like the dealer giving “free hits” on crack, take a cheap hit on charity.  Try giving a dollar a week.  To something worthwhile.

You will get addicted to it – and charity is a habit we all benefit from.

Really – try it.

Comments

  1. @David .. I know about these too, I (and you) even know people who do that, and I applaud them. Very commendable.
    But the majority of ‘missionary’ work (especially Mormons -who actually do little ‘helping’, Roman Catholics -who DO ‘help’- and Muslims -okay, they have a tendency to ram their faith down your throat, so that’s maybe not a good example-) is all about proselyzing.
    Look at Africa: thanks to missionary work, most Africans are either Roman Catholic or Muslim.

    As for the “best” way to convert: I agree that leading by example is probably the most commendable way, but surely not the most efficient one! The most efficient way, according to history, is to burn people who disagree with your views at the stake. πŸ˜‰
    In fact, leading by example, no matter how noble, is probably fairly useless for purposes of convertion: I may admire you, but that doesn’t instill in me the urge to figure out what your faith is, so that I can convert to it and become as nice a person as you are! (Unless maybe, when I’m of the mistaken notion that morals come from faith, a not uncommon misconception: I always have to shudder when I hear people proclaim that they get their morals from the bible (which to me usually indicates that they probably haven’t read that book.. especially, but not restricted to, Deuteronomy)).

  2. actually, the missions I’ve been aware of don’t ask for anything in return. They go into a community and repair homes, build schools, etc. then go home.

    That is probably the best way to “convert” folks is to lead by example and to give without expectations of anything in return…

  3. @David ..

    “Not that there is anything wrong with religious charities”

    First of all, there is a big difference between “supporting religious organizations” (Bruce’s comment) and giving to charities organized by religious groups.

    Second, to non-religious people, there very often IS something wrong with ‘religious charities’: in many (true, not all!) cases, religious charities want something in return for their charity: souls!
    The whole “missionary” business is based on that principle: we build your schools and hospitals and you convert to whatever we tell you to.
    While religious groups have every right to do so, non-religious people obviously would like to steer clear from such charities.
    One can also argue whether charities that request something in return for the aid given, are on morally sound grounds.

  4. @David – you are right – I don’t care what you spend your time/money on as long as someone less fortunate benefits. I never seem to stop finding worthwhile causes that need just a litle bit of help

    The real roblem is that so few people care to help. That disappoints me.

    And I honestly believe these people just don’t realize how much giving does for the giver. Nothing makes me feel better about myself then giving something to others.

    Rob

  5. David says:

    Not that there is anything wrong with religious charities.

    We all choose to give our money, property, and time based on our own personal convictions… The bottom line in Rob’s blog was that folks can afford to start giving or to give more. Specially us USA folks…

  6. Bruce Hughes says:

    For those of us who are interested in following your recommendation, but want to avoid supporting religious organizations, here’s a list: http://scienceblogs.com/principles/2007/07/atheist_charity_results.php