“It is for a good cause.”
How many times have you heard those words? How many different kinds of activities have been promoted and justified with that statement?
Sometimes it takes something totally absurd to make us stop and think about our actions. I remember such an absurd thing I read in a newspaper years ago.
There was an advertisement for an event that was for what probably was a very good cause. The ad said that the proceeds from the event would go to a specific charity: Dads Against Drugs.
I am a dad. In fact I am a granddad. I am also against drugs.
However, I chose not to participate in this fundraiser that was “for a good cause.”
The event being promoted was a topless car wash. (The pictures in the paper made it pretty clear that the fundraiser had nothing to do with washing convertible automobiles, either.)
I would hope that all of us can see the absurdity of “helping a good cause” in this way. I would also hope that this extreme example might cause some of us to think about other things that have gradually gained acceptance over the years.
For example; a favorite fund-raising activity for some organizations is a raffle. My dictionary defines raffle as, “A lottery in which a number of persons buy chances on a prize.” There is another word in that same dictionary that has a very similar definition. The definition is “to play a game of chance for money or other stakes.” The word being defined here is gamble.
There are many other examples of similar activities and “reasoning.” I won’t get on my soapbox and discuss all of them here.
However, I will make one suggestion. If you are involved in some club, organization, cause, etc. that you think is worthy of my being asked for financial support, why not just ask me to make a donation?
It might surprise some people to learn how many generous people there are in the world. It might also come as a surprise that the direct approach often works better than gimmicks.
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