Charity and Fashion

"Charity & Fashion" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Charity & Fashion” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

We feel better about buying a luxury coffee when we know .01¢ of our purchase goes to charity.

We feel better about buying a pair of fashionable shoes when we know it will send another pair to charity.

We feel better about giving to a charity when our favorite actor gives to the same one.

We can also feel better by helping the first person we encounter today who needs something.

But… is it even about us feeling better?

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6 Responses

  1. Bernardo says:

    Keep in mind that our Congress and the President keep us in charity mode by donating our money as aide to include our assistance in natural disasters, domestic and foreign. And considering that this form of charity normally exceeds that of any other group, do not feel guilty about not buying products whose manufacturers promise a small portion of your expenditures going to some charity who we did not choose plus we are never sure that said portion actually gets the people in need.

  2. Caryn LeMur says:

    David: good point. The guilt of living well is a powerful motivator for helping others.

    Who can help but see other country’s people… and be moved with compassion? and then, as I drink my Starbucks, be also moved with guilt?

    Such is life.

  3. yes such is life. i participate.

  4. Ducatihero says:

    I like how you question if it is about how we feel. I like also what you said Caryn about feeling guilty and then compassion.

    As you probably know by now, I served in the Air Force. It was the bombing of civilians in Iraq that I had guilt about for a long time. It killed any idea of what I was doing in service for the country being honourable for me. I found relief in getting down on my knees and praying to God for forgiveness for my part in it.

    Should we feel bad about living a privileged life financially in comparison to the majority of the world? If and that a tricky one. Logically my head says an obvious “no” but is that always how I “feel”?

    What I do feel is a responsibility with being in a position of financial privilege for what I do with that. I guess then it is up to me to choose what I do with what I have been given and what to do with how I feel.

  5. Caryn LeMur says:

    Hey, Ducati: I have been thinking about what you wrote above.

    I am former enlisted US Air Force and officer US Air Force. I worked on the computers.

    And sometimes it hit home – I was also part of the machine that was primed for war.

    I hear you.

    Some heroes are made during the battle with the enemy; some are made during the months that follow.

    You have my respect for what you wrote.

    Peace to you on your journey; Caryn

  6. Ducatihero says:

    Hey Caryn,

    Appreciate your comment and am touched by it – thank you.

    I recall feeling ashamed at my part with bombing civilians and burdened with guilt about that in spite of my discharge from the Air Force being honourable and my conduct being exemplary. Even now I experience sadness at the recollection of this but, thank God, not the intensity of emotion experienced before. so now, it is something I can talk about without it being overwhelming.

    Nevertheless it has left me suspicious about politicians and fiercely anti-war in any case other than it being an absolute last resort.

    Thanks again.

    Peace to you also.