Warning, this thread contains graphic images of severe malnutrition in children. If you are squeamish, or simply do not want to see this, do not scroll down.
Also, Warning. This thread contains a lot of charitable preaching.... :/
I need somewhere to talk about this, nobody I know gets what I am talking about.
Every time I get to this time of year, I can barely take the constant barrage of capitalistic 'buy me! buy me!'.
The worst thing is that all these 1,400,000,000 Christians in the world, they are supposed to be all goodwill to all men and charitable at this time of year, yet if all of these 1,400,000,000 Christians donated £50 each (presumably a fraction of what some spend on presents), then that would be over a third of Africa's crippling debt relieved. (£200bn according to http://www.africaaction.org/cancel-africas-debt.html
I know that there many Christians in the world live in the African countries in mention, and I also know that a lot of families do give money to charity, but I am literally saying that people in the Christian faith have a duty in their holy book from their God to do this. They are not supposed to accumulate vast quantities of useless shit, they are supposed to help others.
I personally this Christmastide, am going to donate at least 50% of money I receive to a charity of my choice. I don't need many more material things in my life than my viola and my piano, and obviously food, which I am very VERY lucky to have. As for the most important things, that is my family and girlfriend, and my friends.
Christians all worship Baby Jesus at Christmas, but if they really cared about children, they would note this sort of thing:
I could post these images all day, and it would not do anything. Do people really need that new iPhone 4S? Do people really need to buy children tons of tacky plastic rubbish toys that cost a fortune and break in a week?
I can't say I need it...
I also can't stand the constant barrage of religion onto fazed children in primary schools, I volunteer in a primary school on Thursday afternoons, and the emphasis on Jesus and the Nativity is almost sickeningly indoctrinating.
I know that Dawkins addresses this in the God Delusion, and I thank him for it! He really hit a point home on his writing on the disquieting nature of Christian teaching in schools.
Even if it isn't Christians not being particularly generous, if the billions of people who are privileged across the world to have access to safe water and food this December all donated the same amount of money, we could make a hell of a lot of difference.
I guess the Occupy movements are really getting to me positively at the moment, I really cannot abide the regime the world is living in at the moment. I'm seriously considering going and camping outside St Paul's Cathedral, London this Christmas, because I want to make a difference to the world, by spreading rational thought. It is totally irrational that 1% of the world hold 99% of its wealth... I know this sounds like communism and communism doesn't work, but it would be nice if that were even a little bit more evenly distributed.
Is there anyone else out there who shares my views?
I am really hoping that someone who reads this may be influenced to do something slightly different this Christmas. We all go and spend our money in December, clearly thinking of others, but maybe missing a fundamental point, there are people who could use the money far better than us.
I am guilty of it, as are most people.
Should atheists even celebrate Christmas? That's another stonker of a question. I don't want to have anything to do with it myself, as I hate the consumerist culture. But we have it forced down our throats from the beginning of October nowadays.
I know I am sounding quite Christian here, with my 'put others before yourself' sort of thing, but I guess I just hate seeing people suffer.... I just want to do something good to appease my guilt for the state of the world.
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