March 26, 2007 @ 10:23 pm by sean
So Bono has the project [red] business, which really seems to promote consumerism as much as helping any social cause. It is not an awful idea, but it really seems to mainly contribute to the notion that the only way to help somebody is to help yourself by supporting a corporation so the corporation can donate money to some cause.
Money can be given directly to a cause. No material object for oneself required.
Money itself is not the only way to help people.
You can just help someone.
However, I just stumbled across this website
They design trendy shirts, and each is dedicated to a person in need, and once the funds are raised the money is given to the person or they buy them something and the shirt is discontinued.
What I appreciate about this one is that the money goes directly to specific people instead of to a general organization.
(read the stories, they have the potential to produce tears in your eyes.)
The question still remains, why do we need to get something for ourselves to help someone else? Why are we more likely to donate to a cause when we get a t-shirt out of it, or a red iPod? Why is money the only way we think we can help people?
So go buy a t-shirt already.