Yes, I agree with most of what you say, but the only way I can sleep at night is if I know that I've tried.
Well, that is noble, Athiest. Hope I didn't cause offense. It is a good cause. I've gotten burnt on charities, though--because sadly many are scams...and even if they aren't, I don't think they always spend money wisely. We have a local charity that is legit that tries to grant wishes of dying children (not Make a Wish, which does the same thing). There are two problems. One, dying children often have dreams about doing something that is beyond their capacity. Two, even if they could do the thing--by the time the money is raised, they are usually too sick to enjoy them. Sadly, it seems easier to cause problems than to fix them. As I've grown older, I'm beginning to appreciate just how difficult it is to fix the world's problems. Not saying we shouldn't try...but it isn't as easy as throwing money at it usually.
Well, the first half is right - I like to play to people's guilt to get them to give money to help kids in need. It works occasionally.
Well, unless you are running a charity drive and you want to play on people's sympathies--so they'll give you money you can steal later--nobody likes to see an ugly, half-dead baby.
That's a common comment!
I prefer your new avatar.