Still Africa Beggars Belief.
I'm not the only one asking questions. As we approach Christmas the guilt industry goes into overdrive. I am a charitable guy but find the decades of pressure and exploitation of the desire to be a good kind of guy very hard to square. Hard that is to square with the awareness of how so little has changed in Africa and many other deprived areas of the Globe.
From South America to Indonesia, India through to China, the billions of population numbers grow and the poverty gets ever worse. What little I have ever done, multiplied by millions like me before and presumably after my life, actually amounts to trillions, as argued in the linked to book.
Nevertheless, little changes. The envelopes stuffed with heart rending requests, guilt trip subtle and sometimes blatant blackmail, seem to get ever more numerous and tree wasting. Still I beg the question, "What has changed?". Sure, I suspect tiny little miracles have been known to improve lives but in the overall scheme of Learjet sales to despots, it's very little indeed.
Geldof pushed the cause for "aid" and even that fizzled out. Andrew Gilligan essays on that particular decade in our lives. I'm sure many people benefited from that effort, not least the instigators such as Bono and Geldof. All I ask is that the constant mantra of constant guilt invoking political correctness bloody stop. Leave little old me alone. Concentrate on the bar stewards running the world.
I bet few of these people get any of the myriad begging missives I do. They certainly won't suffer the pangs of guilt ridden expenditure we poor suckers face. Notwithstanding their festive season giving is probably the equivalent cost of some poverty stricken nations' whole economies. So is it too much to ask to be left alone to enjoy myself and nurture my own tiny corner? It seems not, I just picked up some post and guess what?