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endlesst0m
04-10-2006, 10:28 PM
I've always wondered what motivates people to do all these great things to help out less fortunate members of society. You know, people who join the peace corps, donate money, do volunteer work, etc. The part I find strange is that even though I'm a very caring person towards people I've gotten to know, I still can't motivate myself to go out of my way to help people I haven't met. I'm trying to figure out if this is just an immature mental block, or deep down inside I just don't give a fuck and feel no obligation to positively contribute to society.

With that said, is it a top priority of yours to help out other members of society? Or are there reasons that you feel that it shouldn't be up to you to help other people out of the situations they're in? Or, do you feel like you should help, but are just to lazy or busy?

Preocupado
04-10-2006, 10:38 PM
I believe in well planned communitary projects to be the best kind of action to help. Projects that make people involved in a regular basis and where there's a mutual gain. Not charity or assistencialismo.

For example, students practicing theyr knowledge by being volunteer workers on poor communities. That's the kind of thing i do.

endlesst0m
04-10-2006, 10:45 PM
I believe in well planned communitary projects to be the best kind of action to help. Projects that make people involved in a regular basis and where there's a mutual gain. Not charity or assistencialismo.

For example, students practicing theyr knowledge by being volunteer workers on poor communities. That's the kind of thing i do.

Practicing thier knowledge? What does that have to do with it? Anyway, that's good that you help out and stuff. You must be a really caring person, I'm jealous. But are you saying that you're against charity though?

Preocupado
04-10-2006, 11:39 PM
I'm not against charity, i just don't see pragmatic value in doing it, since i preffer mantaining relations with the poor in a way that i can get something too.

About the knowledge: People in poor communities often have no idea what theyr rights are and what's the extent of the benefits they can get for free, so they can't exercise citizenship. And the students bring top knowledge to these people by exercising what they learn at the schools, just as much as they learn about the local reality of a community and learn to improve ways of letting the people talk for themselves. It's a cool mix.

Anya82
04-11-2006, 12:29 AM
i've been doing some volunteering stuff. I'm part of the staff of a catholic teen group, and we do some volunteering sometimes. It's a wonderful experience. You should try sometime, maybe you'll like it. At first, it can be a bit hard, maybe you'll feel lazy and won't know how to start, but then you realize it's very cool. And if you keep on working, then it turns into a way of life.

Give it a shot. Choose anything you want. I'm positive you'll like it. :)

TheUnholyNightbringer
04-11-2006, 07:22 AM
I volunteered for a while in a charity shop. It was fine for a couple of days, but then I began to realise that all the staff, including the manager, were racist homophobic assholes. Kinda took the niceness off it.