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Shenanigans aside [Jul. 15th, 2005|11:26 am]
Zoethe
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Okay, now that we've all had our fun making fun of city_glitter's terrible mistake of duping people into donating money for her cat, I'd like to make a genuine appeal.

catvalente will be blog-athoning for Multiple Sclerosis on July 23rd. She is pretty much going it alone this year; after a spate of blogathon events last year, the blog community has apparently run out of steam, and debacles like the burning cat don't help any.

But here's the thing about charity: lj didn't invent fraudulent causes. People have been duped by real-life charlatans, probably since the time when beggars lined up outside of Jerusalem. Arthur Conan Doyle chronicled a particularly colorful example in his Sherlock Holmes story, "The Man with the Twisted Lip." People have been taken in, time and again.

And yet, people keep on giving.

Why? Because charitable giving is part of what makes us civilized. Empathy for the plight of the less fortunate is an essential part of our humanity. Community means that you take your chances and offer a helping hand, even if you've been bitten in the past.

Because there is real need. And because the selfishness of the stray hustler should not harden our hearts to that need, nor should it give us an excuse not to do our part.

Yuki_onna is making a personal sacrifice of time and effort in order to bring attention to a charity that does good work. That is the nature of charity - it's based on events, some crazier than others, to remind people that need still exists. I know from last year's experience that writing every half hour for 24 hours is hard, hard work. If she's willing to put in the time, consider whether you can put up a little cash for a good cause.

If you are too wary to donate to her via PayPal, make a personal donation directly to the charity and then let her know that you've done it (consider coughing up the dollar to get on her list, though, because her writing is amazing).

Don't let one bad incident be your excuse to harden your heart against people trying to do good work, against real need. Real need is still out there, and there are people who need our help.

It's part of being human.
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[User Picture]From: 12characters
2005-07-15 03:37 pm (UTC)
Well said.
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2005-07-15 03:49 pm (UTC)
Shadesong and Company are blogging in shifts because most of us can't physically do the 24 hour thing this year.
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[User Picture]From: seidhrcat
2005-07-15 04:26 pm (UTC)
My mother has MS, and is now struggling everyday to continue to be able to walk. She's only 54, and has to use a walker to just get around.

She's also very stubborn, and trying hard not to let it get to her spirit-wise, and also she doesn't want to end up wheelchair bound, so she continues to walk around to try to strengthen her legs, despite the pain and the difficulty. She just refuses to give in to it.

Seeing people who do these sort of thing like that in an effort to raise money to hopefully someday find a cure for this disease that has crippled my mother and so many others just always WOW's me. They're just incredible people.
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[User Picture]From: shadefell
2005-07-15 05:58 pm (UTC)
I greatly enjoyed your previous parody posts, but I really love this one. Thanks for the thoughtful post. :)
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[User Picture]From: mentalwasteland
2005-07-15 07:44 pm (UTC)
I have to admit that your parody posts largely escaped me, since I was unfamiliar with the original posts that were being parodied. But, since you are referencing Holmes canon -- something near and dear to my heart -- I will send a few bucks to the MS society (I hate paypal).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-07-15 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: shadesong
2005-07-16 02:34 am (UTC)
Thank you for pimping this for her. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-07-16 05:54 am (UTC)
I know you've had difficulties healthwise, and we just don't have time. I hope this all helps to undo some of the damage that's been done.
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[User Picture]From: shadesong
2005-07-19 01:48 pm (UTC)
Re: My health stuff: DocOrion says that he was keeping an eye on me, ready to step in and order me not to do BlogAThon if I didn't realize on my own that it would destroy my body for a week-plus...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-07-19 02:00 pm (UTC)
I'm still in denial that I can no longer stay up all night, work out really hard, and then somehow bounce back in five minutes. That's just wrong!
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[User Picture]From: batshua
2005-07-18 07:15 am (UTC)
As a reminder, you owe us the rest of that Buffy fic…
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-07-18 10:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was thinking about that yesterday. I'll try to finish next week while Ferrett is out of town.
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[User Picture]From: batshua
2005-07-19 04:26 am (UTC)
Yay!!!! I love you, you're the best!
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