QUOTE (lloyd mayflower @ Jan 17 2010, 04:50 AM)
I'm not, our government has already pledged a hefty sum of cash, which I have contributed to as an already heavily over taxed citizen. To me, thats enough. My point was that these things happen, and it is a crying shame, but every time its like (at least for us in the UK) we get drilled into thinking that we as a country have to take responsibilty and sort out the whole worlds problems. Its a long time since Britain ruled the world, and our country is now a cesspit.
What about all the mega rich businessmen? Blue chip companies? The fuckin arsehole bankers and stockbrokers whose greed brought the world into a recession, and are still getting paid obscene bonuses? Why is it me that has to dig deep?
No I can understand your opinion. I believe the decision to donate from the perspective of an "average Joe" is a personal one. I just don't think we should be upset at a victimized country asking for help, or chastising other people for giving what they can (Not saying that you were, especially after reading your post more carefully).
And I generally agree with you in regards to big business. If I had it my way, I'd make all those greedy fucks on Wall Street rebuild places like Haiti or hell, even the marginalized ghettos in first world countries. Unfortunately that'll never happen. But if my motivation really did come from a place of concern for the people suffering in the way our world has been set up, rather than being just angry as how things are, then I'd just do what's within my power, which for me, is donating.