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So many worthy causes

I’m on this kick lately where I’m all concerned about the way money is spent in our society.

I glanced at an article in the Toronto Star earlier today, where the reviewer criticized Toronto’s new opera house as being “cheap” when it could have been grand.

Another article talks about the D-Day anniversary and asks for support for the US World War II Museum in New Orleans. Which reminds us that the people of New Orleans are still working to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Katrina.

2005 was the year of the natural disaster, with Katrina and the tsunami in Asia drawing the most headlines.

In 2006, we don’t think about those disasters unless someone reminds us.

Earlier today, a friend commented how it’s actually somewhat unfortunate that the Cancer Society takes in so many donations, while other charities just as deserving aren’t nearly as successful in securing funding.

Groups such as the Waterloo Community Arts Centre and KWLT never have enough funding to accomplish everything they’d like to do.

No charitable organization does.

While the wealthy folk in our society buy expensive cars.

And I write articles telling them why they should pick one expensive car over another one.

Some of my income has gone toward power tools that I use primarily for my theatre groups.

And when people call or come to my door looking for funding, I tell them that I give through United Way.

Then wonder how my contributions benefit the homeless person I saw walking down the street the other day.

You get the picture?

Hear what I’m saying?

Good.

It frustrates me to know that I can’t solve the world’s problems. Everytime I think about one organization, I wonder what makes it more worthy of my support than another. I’d like to help find a cure for cancer, get homeless people off of the street, and support the arts and culture.

I’d do it all, if I could. But I can’t, and I don’t.

Everyone makes choices with their money. We take vacations or buy stereos and computers. And the thing is, there’s nothing wrong with that. Society functions…maybe not as well as it could, but it does function. And for it to function, we have to take part in the consumerism that drives our democracy.

Without that consumerism, we wouldn’t have the money to cure cancer, help the homeless, or support the arts.

And it comes down to personal choices.

Quite the conundrum.

Russ

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  1. The other day my coworkers & I were discussing what we would do if we won 8 million dollars. The answers were a little disheartening… porsche, buy an island, new wardrobe..

    My answer was build a theatre 🙁

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