Yesterday my friend Jason Silva, who has quite a few followers, shared the blogpost. This triggered retweets, a few people contacted me directly but it also got a sarcastic reaction.
It was referring to the phrase in my blogpost about how" you'll be rewarded mostly in Karma for helping out:
"It will be a non-for-profit app, karma is about the only thing this will earn you in the short term, so this is not a full time job.(the above mentioned "video below" was actually a video 'The Captains of Spaceship Earth' created by Jason Silva.)
But karma will be the new currency (as you can see in the video below)."
The conversation which unfolded started like this: This is where I got the idea that he thought that we are looking for people who we won't pay for services.
I replied that that was not the case, but we are actually looking for people who don't think money is the ideal currency in life. Then Steve sent a few tweets which eventually got me to write this blog.
(I combined the 6 tweets for readability reasons)
To be clear..
1. I believe in giving and sharing. There's not enough of it. I also believe passionately that you can't 'fix' things without addressing the underlying power structures that reinforce inequality etc.. the world is in a mess and we need to change it. But..
2. Change is political, not just humanitarian.. Too many 'well-meaning' projects rely too heavily on 'giving' - people have to live.
3. If I have bad karma for questioning projects like yours so be it.First of all. For me it is all about attitude.
Karma is an intriguing idea, no more no less. My 'religion' is kindness. But I do believe what goes around comes around - the law of cause and effect applies to humans too. Here endeth the tweet rant.
Steve like many people are bitter and in pain and we need to help them. His reaction strengthens me to pursue good cause ideas and change attitudes towards doing good.
Again, the original blogpost addressed my feeling with the pains in the world becoming more transparent because everybody and all the information about inequality is all around us. It didn't explain the actual app idea, I will unveil that soon, so his presumptions totally surprised me.
The problem I see is this:We feel inadequate with the options in how we can deal with real world problems big and small. When we cross the street and see a homeless person we try not to make eye contact because we expect a sad story if we look him or her in the eye.
When suddenly asked to donate for a certain cause we come up with excuses in our heads and we tell that we already donate to so many good causes on a monthly basis.
We feel annoyed when people share donations requests on our social media pages.
Basically you could say that this transparency makes Steve and the rest of us feel bad and makes us cynical.
We blame politics and point to others to make us feel better and get on with our lives.
To concludeNamaste means:
"I bow to the divine in you."
Steve doesn't feel divine though, he feels helpless and points to the political system, instead of putting faith in himself. But Steve has the power to change things and so have you. And to be honest nobody expects you to change the world, change is an ongoing thing and many people and organizations are trying to build a better world.
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