I really enjoyed this TED talk, about western food habits, if you didn’t watched yet, please take 20 minutes and watch it now
I’m really not a tofu/seitan/vegetarian kind of guy, but this talk really had an effect on me and since i’m trying to eat less meat and more plants. Not only because of my own health but also for the healh of the entire planet.
This is a post that i am cooking in my head for quite some time, and is a deviation of my own (roman catholic/Mediterranean/whatever) education pattern…
Long story short, since last year i made a personal commitment (several reasons in the decision making process) of donating a portion of my own income to some institution devoted to some noble cause each year. So, last year i selected an known institution as the recipient of the donation, so i contacted them and wired 1000 euro. A couple of weeks later i received back in snail mail a receipt, and that was it, no nothing. That left a bittersweet taste…
One may ask, what do you wanted? A full gospel band chanting “Thank you” and cheering you? Well, no. But a template thank you letter would be nice, and even nicer would be some kind of invitation to visit their work, not as an inspector (i believe that 99% of them have bigger bang for the buck than the public institutions) but to increase the involvement with them and encourage further donations.
Other very relevant point that i want to focus in this post, is the hypocrite view about the disclosure (or indeed the non-disclosure) of donors in our own culture. When you give you shouldn’t say, when you receive you also shouldn’t say. “Be kind and generous and don’t expect nothing in return” – i heard in church. For starters, turning this “rule” even more hypocrite, it only applies to small donations, if you give big enough it’s okay to put your name and bust in some building, even if proportionally, the donor of the smallest sum made a bigger effort. Also, this stupid secrecy has another effect, the lack of peer pressure and accountability, because no one has nothing to do with each others actions, the individuals that don’t give have a shield and the ones that do give are not accountable for their actions… ultimately no one is (both the doers and the non-doers).
As i couldn’t care less about these social conventions (or else i wouldn’t publish this post). This year i am selecting other institution and when it’s selected and the donation made, i will inform the world in the follow-up of this post, hoping that there will be followers.
After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.
So, let’s see how deep this goes.
I wanna wake up! Tech support! It’s a nightmare! Tech support! Tech support!