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Every now and then there is a headline in the news about some celebrity fulfilling a dying fan’s wish or something, such as English musician Ed Sheeran who sang a dying 15 year old her favorite song minutes before she passed away. He is being called a hero now and a great and amazing person, and he may very well be. I don’t dispute that. In fact, I have no opinion on that as I don’t know the man personally and what is in his heart, but I read something similar about Justin Bieber and countless other celebs doing such things for a dying fan and it makes me wonder because I really wish that these people would maybe also consider doing something nice for people or a young fan or whoever when they are not about to die.
I mean, why do people get all generous and giving when someone’s life is about to end and thus when it is too late? Why not be like that with the living? Why not make a young fan’s day, not because that fan is dying, but because they are a fan and doing nice things for people is decent. It is how it should be.
This sort of reminds me of people who get all mushy and generous around the Holiday season yet spend the remainder of the year not really giving a damn, including voting for policies that hurt the poor more than help them.
After all, why not help out in a soup kitchen in July? Why not gather toys and food for the needy in March? Why not help elect officials that will make sure that the needy have food year-round. People are hungry twelve months of the year, not just around the holidaya.
My message to people who want to do good is, do something nice and good for people – whoever they may be and whatever your abilities are – just because it is the right, humane thing to do. Don’t wait for a disaster to help people in impoverished countires. Don’t wait for a fan to be at the verge of death to make their day. Don’t wait for Christmas to come around to think about the needy and hungry. Don’t just gift someone something nice or call them up because it is their birthday.
A lot of suffering in the world – from the global to the personal scale – takes place everyday. Most people lead lives of quiet desperation. Out of view, to the point where it has become invisible to most and matters insomuch as it makes great first acts for celebrity Oscar vehicles.
But that is the kind of suffering and need that requires the most attention – diligently and regularly, not just once a year or on a special occasion or because someone is about to die. That is the kind of need (for money, food, kindness, empathy, a shoulder to cry on etc.) that is present year-round, not just when a holiday, a disaster or the grim reaper are around. That is because reaching out and caring do not have seasons or occasions, they should be done all the time because that is, ultimately, what makes the world a better place for all of us – from your co-worker, to your friend, to your sibling, the hungry child in the Sudan, the homeless girl in an orphanage etc. That is what shows others that you value them because being valued makes happiness possible and unhappiness bearable.
I often complain about how most people in this country are the intellectual equivalents of a Disney cruise who know more about sports statistics and what celebrity did whom and where than about where a foreign country their elected leaders are currently bombing is located on the map or the fact that their government is spying on them and committing all sorts of crimes in their names while persecuting those who expose the crimes. And everytime I feel that maybe I am just being a bit unfair and too hard on people, underrating the American public’s intellect and priorities, something like this happen reaffirming my suspicions all along.
Congresswoman Jane Harman was interrupted by MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell in the middle of a discussion about the recent task force recommendation that the NSA stop collecting phone records with some seriously BREAKING news:
“Uh, Congresswoman Harman, let me interrupt you— Congresswoman, let me interrupt you just for a moment. We’ve got some breaking news out of Miami. Stand by if you will. [BREAKING NEWS graphic appears onscreen, following footage of a courtroom] Right now, in Miami, Justin Bieber has been arrested on a number of charges. The judge is reading the charges, including resisting arrest and driving under the influence. He’s appearing now before the judge for his bond hearing. Let’s watch.”
Yes, Justin fucking Bieber, the teen multi-millionaire puke who was going to be an abortion but instead became the greatest human being and panty creamer ever, was arrested in Miami for DUI. This is the breaking news, and apparently also priorities of this nation, for which a lawmaker- who is talking about this country spying on its people – needs to be interrupted.
Now I do not hold a very high opinion of our lawmakers as most of them are nothing but corrupt crooks with ethics lower than that of a child molester, pandering to the interests of the 1% (which they often are part of themselves) at the expense of everyone else and Harman was probably just just blowing some smoke our way to make it look like she and her colleagues are actually doing something about the NSA spying on people, but this is just a pathetic state of affairs.
And the reason MSNBC (and even NPR) does that is because they know that Justin Bieber has more Twitter followers than President Obama (or any other human for that matter).
We got them.
Elijah Wood (left) and Macaulay Culkin (right) on the set of The Good Son in 1993.
As a kid I had such a crush on Elijah Wood – the most beautiful kid I have ever seen. I love this pic because it shows these two before the fangs of Hollywood and fame got to them, especially Macaulay Culkin. Elijah Wood seems to be doing pretty awesome.
I miss the good old days where child stars were actually talented and good at something instead of famewhoring assholes.
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