Written by Jodi
To all the people out there saying ‘I didn’t care before, why should I care now?’ …
There has been a call put out for help and support and I see nothing wrong with answering that call. You’re right that half the people donating probably never even knew Haiti existed, let alone knew of the kinds of living conditions that are ‘normal’ there. And you’re also right that even more people who are donating are probably doing so to be ‘fashionable’, jumping on the bandwagon because everyone else is. But you know what? Who cares?? The point is that the aid gets to Haiti.
And yes, OF COURSE we should have all been paying attention before this all happened. We should all be paying attention to every country that has poor living conditions and trying to help them all in whatever way we can. We should we should we should. But we didn’t. We don’t. It sucks, it’s stupid, and we should really try harder to care and give aid on a regular basis instead of only when there is a massive disaster. But there’s nothing we can do to change what happened now, so why not give? Really, why the fuck not?
If everyone, everywhere that didn’t care about Haiti before, or didn’t know they existed held back and said ‘Well sorry, I don’t really feel morally correct because I should have been helping you before this all happened.’ they wouldn’t be getting ANY relief aid right now. If there was a massive, wide scale natural disaster on YOUR doorstep, and your government told you there wasn’t enough resources to go around would you not appreciate the help of other countries? I really don’t think it would matter to you at that point that they were oblivious to your existence before, would it?
If you don’t want to think about it, if you want to just stop watching, stop reading and go back to your normal life fine. No one is going to think badly of you, but quit trying to make the rest of us feel bad about giving to a disaster relief fund.