The White Elephant in the Room

Written By bryanboy

The White Elephant in the Room

I recently had a heated discussion with a friend about charitable giving.

Bryanboy outside the Opening Ceremony Los Angeles store

Part of the problem with "giving" is that in most cases, it is what it is: hand-to-mouth. Although it's good for the short term, in my opinion, it's NOT sustainable in the long run.

I admire institutions such as Trickle Up (who I've been supporting for years) and Kiva. They both provide tools and resources to the less fortunate to start microenterprises which, in return, enable them to stand on their own two feet, thus eliminating the endless (and unnecessary) cycle of relying on handouts.

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, call it whatever you want. I'm sure many of you have been shopping like crazy the past few days. But please take time to check out those two sites I mentioned and  donate any amount. 

8 Comments

  1. yeah, parang:
    “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
    Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

  2. Thanks for the sites. It is nice to give back, but do it for the right reasons and to the reputable places that do help.
    Love the pic of you holding the cheeses btw…I wish I could remember my dreams, but often don’t.
    snappy x
    http://www.snappylifestyle.com

  3. I partly agree Bryan. Part of the problem with waiting for the people in power to make the world a fairer place is that you’ll be waiting a long time. Hand to mouth is fine, if it means people don’t starve waiting for the infrastructure to arrive.

  4. I am so glad that you made a post on this because too many people frankly don’t care about these things. Not only that, but the fact that you made the point of giving food simply isn’t enough and it isn’t sustainable made me happy because you’re spreading the word. Too many people just think that giving them a bit of money and food solves all their problems; it doesn’t.
    http://www.pale-asian.blogspot.com

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