Call for Charity?
Call for charity – what does it mean?
I saw a notice the city sent out regarding “helping the victims” of the Washington Street Fire that happened over the weekend.
And on the surface – it can appear to the ordinary person that it was a nice thing to do to draw attention to a few people (out of the entire city population) who suffered from what amounted to their own individual setback.
Yes, it was “dramatic,” as well as dangerous – but in the end, it amounted to exactly what I said in the previous sentence: an individual setback.
Why do “dramatic” fires demand more attention and charity? Because of the “drama?”
- If someone steals the identity of 20 Hoboken residents and robs them of their net worth – you won’t hear that in the news or from City Hall.
- If 60,000 residents are over-charged for property taxes that should be TWO THIRDS LESS than they are – you won’t hear that in the news or from City Hall.
- If you realize that millions of dollars are STOLEN from the pockets of residents and visitors for what amount to “minor” parking offenses – you won’t hear that in the news or from City Hall.
This is why I shrug my shoulders when a “rare” event like a “life-shattering” fire happens (thank God no one got killed), it makes me wonder about how everything relates.
Some things get the “Awww” effect, and others (despite them being much more impactful), get overlooked.
In the end – I’d suspect that 99% of the “charity” pleas – are more often a chance to give attention to those who are pleading on behalf of those in need of charity.
Many if not most people have had difficulty in the past year, it’s just a shame that the most dramatic of events garners the attention of others. Instead of looking at the big picture.
It’s what we’ve collectively become as a society I guess.