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Do Good or Do Right?

— Filed under: People & Culture, Opinion

I hate “Do-gooders”. There we go. I’m setting my camp out early with that statement. More to the point, I hate “Evil-doers”. But I find it very hard to distinguish between the two as without one the other would not exist and before long and the closer you inspect you will find a point where the two merge.

Tell me you have not been in the following situation good reader; you have been invited to a social occasion, whether it be a party or a alcoholic gathering of sorts, or any given group activity/gathering for that matter and you are struck dumb by the arrogance and downright unashamed patronising gloat-fest spouting from the mouth of a herd member, going on and on about which charity they support, what “fun” activities they have taken part in to raise funds and or awareness and what “connection” they felt to the current chosen concern.

The vanity of some protagonists goes as far as for them to actually state sums of money involved, so as to gleam some form of kudos from the enamoured audience they so gracefully belittle. Their diarrhetic verbal issuance of banal rhetoric is usually topped and tailed with the downright lie “I don’t like to talk about my charity work...but...”  The keyword here is “but” and as soon as it rears its head you should be fully aware that “like to talk about...” is  exactly what they want to do and is the very bloody reason they did a stupid bloody bungee jump/parachute jump/...insert mindless borderline extreme sport here...

... But Hewy, you may be thinking good reader, surely charity is a good thing? You are evil if you think otherwise. Well, I’ll tell you this, charity is a good thing but there is the possibility that in the modern world in which we live it may be the very opposite of what you believe. “Charity” in the “Doing stuff for charity” sense seems to do little more than abuse the vanity of many to benefit the few whilst creaming a fat pile of dough off the top for the people who “give up” their time to organise it. Now I’m not talking about the magnificent volunteers who give up their valuable time and energy to run things “from the shop floor”, but the executives who run them.

The Charity Industry is out of hand folks. It has to be said, so I’m saying it. For a start there are too many. There are 170,000 charities in England and Wales, 600 of which are for Cancer alone. Each of these charities prey on the kindness of those who do actually wish to make a change and actually volunteer their services on a regular basis and the vanity of those who want to be seen as doing good, each of them also has a wage structure for those working within the “infrastructure” of the organisation.

A number of charities and more notably the AIDS charity set up by the messianic, philanthropic, green issues advocate, and in fact any issue which makes him look outstandingly brilliant advocate that goes by the name of Bono, have been exposed for spending more money on wages than on the causes they claim to uphold as the very reason they exist.

Once again, my youth feeds my scepticism. Upon watching a documentary in the 1980’s on the Salvation Army and its excessive wages and infrastructure costs I clashed with my dad who’d long been a member and who had in fact been christened into the organisation. This only came about as a result of my fore-mentioned disillusionment with religion and my dad’s insistence that I should follow in his footsteps and do likewise. My dads response was that it’s better to do something than nothing at all which is fair enough but for me does not go far enough. His judgement was clouded by his faith and his loyalty to an organisation he was born into. One of the good things to come from this generational clash of ideals was that I have always been charitable. However by charitable I don’t just mean to organised charities, but to those around me on a day to day basis and why? Not because it’s good, although it is, but because it’s right.

That is the key difference. I’m a do-righter, not a do-gooder. Surely the default mode of humanity is to do right for each other, for the propagation of the species at least just as it is with all nature. Modern man, when developing the materialistic, monetary system we live in today with the use of various tools such as religious belief, slavery, secularisation  and nationalism has done nothing but drive such a wedge between the human race as a species that we feel we have achieved greatness because we’ve helped someone by moving monetary digits around the globe electronically. Digits which were made up out of thin air in the first place. The same digits which threaten the collapse of society as we know it due to the carrot dangling antics of the banks which make the stuff up and want is to dance their merry dance.

If everybody was a do-righter we would never have to form charities in the first place. So I say start today. Do the best by people as best you can until it comes naturally.

You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one.

Peace and love to you and yours good reader.

MrRobbie's picture

Charity Box

Wey Hewy boyo, what you being nasty for? I know that the Charity system isn't the best in the world but they were set up for some genuinely sincere purpose, an honest purpose and the founders had the original inclination to do-right.

Over time it's most likely become harder to administer and run these charities day to day, what with having all these public botherers signing up to help, hence leading to the monetary misuse and miscalculation most, that and the fact i don't give any charities any of my slightly hard earned cash, i need that to get my jollies on at the weekend. But like i say the reason these charities were set up was to do-right, originally.

I also do hate the idiots who bang on about how much they've done for Chronic Hemorrhoid Research - but, let me tell you this, if they weren't off spending time in a stupid suit running marathons, or accosting those who aren't dressed in Burberry on street corners, or sitting in a freezing lake reading Jordan's trilogy of books in record time [not that long incidentally, they're mostly made up of pictures of breasts] they'd probably be in our homes, in our pubs, and on our Internets bothering us.

So for peace and quiets sake, i think they aren't such a bad thing at the end of the day.

May your house be free from Tigers

Bernard's picture

Is it not possible to do good

Is it not possible to do good and do right?

I understand your dislike of poorly managed and disreputable charities. But certainly they are not all flushing money down the drain, and a certain amount of money is in fact needed to manage the organization itself. One can't attract quality management without paying them something, and top-quality management is certainly needed considering the amount of money that is flowing through these groups.

I am encouraged by the efforts of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which funnels money to only the most efficient and effective charities, thus creating a sort of 'competitive marketplace' for donor's dollars. Much has been written about the upheaval this approach has generated.

DaveR's picture

false fronts

Hewy wrote:
Their diarrhetic verbal issuance of banal rhetoric is usually topped and tailed with the downright lie “I don’t like to talk about my charity work...but...”  The keyword here is “but” and as soon as it rears its head you should be fully aware that “like to talk about...” is  exactly what they want to do

check this out - http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/11/14/i_hate_to_te...