Hey, guess what?
Haiti is still fucked! I know we’ve moved on to only caring about BP and the gulf oil spill, but in case you were wondering, Haiti didn’t get better just because we stopped paying attention to it. There’s rampant crime in the refugee shantytowns, and people are still living under “leaky plastic tarps” five months after the quake. “Haiti has made little progress in rebuilding in the five months since the earthquake,” maybe because only 2% of the promised aid has been delivered, and the laggards include the Senate. The US has only let in 1,000 people from Haiti after the earthquake, and most of those are orphaned children - who now are also prevented from coming over by the Haitian government because of those goddamned missionaries.
My point here is not to play some sort of moraler-than-thou game, or urge you to take action. It’s just to keep a little perspective. Five months ago, you cared about Haiti, and despite the fact that basically nothing has changed, now you don’t. We can only care about one thing at a time. I’m cool with that! It’s the way it is. But don’t pretend like your caring (or the caring of others) is special, or unique - or even particularly effective. It’s just like caring about Miley Cyrus right now, when you cared about Britney a few years ago. It’s a way to amuse yourself, a way to pass the time, and people who spend their time trying to harness that attention while it’s focused can really use your donations. So donate! That’s a great thing you can do. But caring doesn’t do shit. Caring matters for a dog, or a delicate baked good. Your individual opinion on a gigantic matter like an earthquake or an oil spill is meaningless. It only matters if it’s combined with a bunch of other people’s opinions, and it’s that mass that makes a difference, not any of the pieces. Contribute your piece and move on. You feeling better about yourself won’t build a house.
exactly. caring doesn’t matter unless and until it leads to action.