6/29/2006

 

Getting It (Or Not)

Well, I actually wasn't going to post today, since nothing of any great import happened today*, but after reading the comments to my post about Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, I believe it's time to (again) defend my position.

First, a big hats off to heiderific. She also Gets It. In her own words:
… I have volunteered at homeless shelters. I do what I can
to make my piece of the world better. Are you? You may not have the time or
money to donate on a regular basis, but are you doing small things to make your
little corner of the world better? Those small things add up and do make a
difference… I wholeheartedly believe that more people should help the less
fortunate in their local area…I see great value in giving money to help people
in Africa who have to walk hours each day for water to drink that may be
contaminated. There are many people in the world who unfortunately aren't having
basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter being met…With the amount of wealth
that Gates and Buffet have I think a lot of the social problems could be
helped.


Maybe I should define "Getting It" (I had thought I wouldn't have to). When one "Gets It", s/he realizes that there are those in need of help that should be helped, and if they have the wherewithal, they provide the help. Yes, heiderific, there are those worse off than me. I would help them substantially if I could. Since I cannot do so financially or politically at this time, I can use the power of the Internet to make sure that somebody, somewhere, at least pays attention to them.

By this definition, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Get It. Brad Pitt and your average NBA players don't Get It. Mother Teresa Got It in a huge way. 99% of the polilticians in Congress don't Get It, also in a huge way. Cara Michele Gets It. gtv doesn't Get It. Too many don't Get It.

Yes, I realize I could be worse off than I am; no, I'm not owed a damn thing; yes, I think that more people of means could be helping those of lesser means more; and no, I'm not going to shut up about the poor and homeless. Jesus said we will always have the poor with us; nowhere in the Bible does He say not to help them.

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*For those of you who must know, I get Ness dressed anticipating on taking her with me downtown today (she decided not to go), rode the bus downtown, spoke with the IRS about the rest of my tax refund I had coming (it wasn't), went to collect some discarded 3-ring binders I'd spotted from the bus yesterday (they'd already been picked up) and came to the library. Spine-tingling, huh?

Comments:
I agree, if more people acted like the person they portray to be, we would all be alot better off.
 
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