How Can I Help?
A friend recently read the entire archive of our collected Thoughts of the Day. Like most people, he found himself agreeing with some of our ideas, disagreeing with others, and questioning the rest. He said he liked our Thoughts – but he was troubled by one of the “recurring” themes he detected. “You don’t seem to approve of charity,” he observed. “But, let’s face it: The easiest way for people with busy lives to help the less fortunate is to write a check and let the charity take care of them.”
How, he wondered, did we propose bettering the world around us if we weren’t willing to give money to the apparatuses dedicated to such improvements?
A few ideas:
- Teach an illiterate adult to read.
- Visit a nursing home.
- Pick up trash and remove graffiti from public places.
- Welcome disadvantaged youngsters into your workplace.
- Pay a homeless person a fair wage to do a simple job.
- Compile a few days leftovers and donate them to a county shelter.
- Give old eyeglasses, shoes, and clothes to those who need them.
- Organize neighborhood “public works” projects for unemployed teens.
- Volunteer your pet for animal therapy at hospitals.
- Look the “less fortunate” in the eye, treat them with dignity, and show them the basic human respect they ought to have for themselves.
We could also collectively decided to consume less of everything, including energy resources and food.
Or write a check.