It’s disappointing when you see that a picture of a carrot gains more attention than a cause. With an unexpected whopping total of 34 likes (which is a lot for my page), 11 comments, and one share; here is said picture:
People even came out of the woodwork for it.
However, this link for a cause I posted with excited rambling got one like and another person to comment:
The commenter was interested until she found out that the point of the event was fundraising in a “fun-run” type fashion. I was expecting little interest, but wow. The event had/has some serious potential to be fun and I thought I had a good idea to get some interest, but no luck. I thought I might have been able to get a small team together and maybe 1-2 supporters, and that hopefully others of the team could get 1-2 supporters of their own to make the sum bigger without the weight being carried too much by 1-2 people alone. I even liked my own post (and I find it so lame when people like their own posts) in hopes of bringing it back up to peoples attention in case they missed it. I spent a few weeks trying to figure out how I could make it work, but without even having supporters, all thoughts led me to dead ends or weird ends of the internet that I’d rather not play with. So, it looks like this year, I’ll just donate what little I can and I think I’ll buy a t-shirt of theirs to continue to raise awareness of them. No where near as fun, but it’ll get the job done. It’s something. So, whiny point about post aside… there are some thoughts I’m left with.
*There’s a part of me that wants to believe that it’s just a random coincidence, no one really saw it, and it’s no one’s fault.
*But really, this further confirms my idea that FB is no place to post things that actually matter. And unfortunately, it’s the only place to post things that matter if you want a good number of people to see it. I’m understanding more and more that most people use FB to enable their need to escape their life in addition to keeping in touch with people. Hence all the cats, and games, and what ever else they feel they need to do. Which is totally cool in moderation, but when you do it all day to avoid or compensate for your life, then that’s where I feel there’s a problem. Why not use some of that time to make your world around you something you want to be in? Why post things saying how much you hate being an adult? How does that help you?
*The amount of people who post about how much the world sucks and needs to change/be better. I can’t begin to tell you how much of it I see on FB. And they all ignored it. There was a fun and fairly simple thing they could’ve done, and nothing. So really that says that they want to put no effort into it themselves. Someone else needs to fix it.
Can’t be interrupting your precious day to day, now can it?
Yes, raising awareness is a good thing. But I think we’re all plenty aware of a lot of things that need fixing. When will it stop being enough to just raise awareness?
*It had been brought to my attention through my friend that backed out that the trouble with fundraising was attempting to convince other people that what little extra money they have should go to this cause/non-profit. Why is this more important than their cause/s or their child’s after school activities? I didn’t have an answer for her then, but I do now. It’s not. It’s not more important, but perhaps it’s equally important. It’s important to make sure you’re where you should be and want to be, there’s no question of that, but is it not also important to make sure you have good surroundings? Because that affects you. Diversity of interests is what keeps this world afloat. If everyone just piled in the money to one cause/place they would have a heck of a time trying to figure out what to do with it all, for one as explained here:http://mikerowe.com/2014/08/not-throwing-cold-water-on-a-cause/ , but all the other important issues would fall by the way side and then things would really suck.
*But what about those who aren’t involved in anything? No kids, no cause.
Would this not be a good place to start? Or find something you’re passionate about and do it.
*And perhaps the solution is in the problem? What if it’s a scheme from those in power to keep us exactly where we are because it keeps them right where they are? We are purposefully kept in a place with no time so we can’t think about solutions, and little to no money to make it happen. It keeps everyone on the look out for themselves because that’s all they have the energy left for. But what if we all just did it anyway? Yeah, I’m sure it’d be stressful at first because everyone would be stretched so thin, but then something wonderful could happen where everyone becomes giving. No one would have a want because we’d all be able to share. Granted that would be if everyone or most everyone was involved. I think that was the point of the hippie movement, and if only they could’ve lasted until the previous generation gave way, I believe that’s where we’d be right now. They thought they had to follow the given format because they grew up, had kids they needed to take care of, but they really could’ve changed it all. I’ll leave you with this video that I’m hoping will help illustrate my point.