Monday, June 14, 2010

I'm Helpless by the River

I knew things in Haiti have been bad for a long, long time, but I didn't know people have been systematically eating dirt to survive.

Sometimes I don't know how to even live with myself and not go insane with the sickening amount of injustice in this world.  Sometimes I can tolerate it and accept its eternal presence and other times it makes my eyes go a little fuzzy and I see red.

I was just looking into donating money to send food to Haiti, but I also know that a lot of that money gets misdirected and mismanaged and because of that, "throwing money at a problem" usually isn't the answer.

So what is the answer?  What should I do?  What should we all do?  The million-dollar question.

Should I donate anyway and hope the money ends up in the right place?  Should I postpone or cancel all of my future plans and go there to volunteer?  Should I sponsor a child?  Or should I do as most stupid, hateful Americans do and laugh at them and make up all kinds of false, elitist reasons as to why Haitians deserve their poverty?  That way we can all stop thinking about things that challenge us and make us sad and get back to numbing our brains with American Idol.