Donate to the Haiti Crisis? No thanks.Whenever I’m approached for donations in the public by tin-totting twits, I always tell them, ‘I already gave, it’s called TAX, go get what you want from the government’.
Of course, many people in singapore are under the impression that there isn’t much tax here. Just because they replace the word T-A-X with E-R-P, C-O-E, G-S-T, F-I-N-E, H-D-B, and Peak-Hour-Charges, Minumum-Sum for EZ-link cards, etc, etc, etc, doesn’t make it any less taxing. To subsidise the PTBs (Powers-That-your-stupidity-allows-to-Be), is to not only maintain their status, but to enable them to retain more so that they can widen and deepen their subjugation of the global populace. I only give to charities under one condition. That is, that there is at the same time a popular mass socialist-style movement agitating for greater equality and humanity and greater give-backs from the government and corporations. In the absence of this, to be charitable is to excuse the masses from taking on their respective governments and actually perpetuates the conditions that require charity. So, i’ll leave charitable acts, save under the aforementioned conditions, to the ignorant and short-sighted.
The following is an excerpt from an article written by self in 2005 in the wake of the Katrina hurricanes, and which is reproduced here for its pertinence.
“from article entitled, 'Charity Kills'
…on the other hand, is one that is witnessed where there is no obvious, and immediate, psychological gain such as those enjoyed by the ‘charitable’. These people engage themselves in tasks which, to the Self-Gratifying Empathists, has little appeal as it has the inverse effect of increasing tension within themselves. This increase of tension is a result of seeking and not completely finding – the causes - and striving and not acquiring – the requisite redresses. Immediate gratification can never be in resolution of the problem unless one was to locate it in the act of making an effort itself. In this case, they would truly be deserving of the term, ‘Effective Empathists’, since seeing the effort as a partial end in itself is exactly that which holds hope for a future resolution of the crises in focus. Here, no effort is used to buy themselves out of more effort like the Selfish Empathists.
Effective Empathists are those who seek out the underlying causes of events so that history is not replicated in its yet to be written chapters. This necessarily involves much ‘work-without-pay’ as the Effective Empathists lives on little more than hope that they might be able to make a difference in their lifetimes, or at least, in the efforts of those who come after them. ‘Enough’, for them, is never enough. That is what transitions a Selfish Empathist to seek to be Effectively Empathetic. Yes, we all start of as Selfish Empathists.(how we make this transition is beyond the immediate scope of the issue at hand.) Selfish Empathists, however, tend to insist on dressing the wounds rather than seeking out the causes that inflicted them since this costs very little in terms of cash, cognition or consistency in care. Once the wound is dressed, they can turn their eyes and efforts to more directly profitable matters. For the Effective Empathists, the tragedy is seen as a culmination; an aftermath of a preceding disaster that passes unnoticed in a world largely populated by Selfish Empathists.
The rallying cry of the Selfish Empathist is, “Where were you after the Disaster?!”
This Effective Empathist replies, “Where were you before the Aftermath?!”
In the true spirit of Selfish Empathism, the Selfish Empathist, never looks ‘beyond’ or ‘before’ but only ‘immediately’ after. They are a ‘here-and-now’ breed of people since here-and-now is when pleasure can logically be experienced. They have to deny history lest they come face to face with the cause and recognise it to be that which one might appreciate ‘through the looking glass’. Thus causes that require more than a moment’s thought to comprehend are left to ‘leftists’, ‘commies’, ‘reds’, with these terms used as derogatory ones that in turn is supposed to serve as a thought-inhibitors. It is also their entrenchment in a self-gratifying ‘here-and-now’ that leads to, amongst a multitude of others, terms such as ‘terrorist’, ‘extremists’, ‘jihadists’, ‘natural disasters’ and so on. These are vocabularic efforts and aftermaths of a system of thought that emerges from within a system that opposes thought institutionally, culturally, economically and politically. All evils, when construed to be ‘natural’ or ‘instinctual’, can then be followed by action rather than cognition. Thus, 'Wars on Terror' and 'Charity' results. These enable one to effect immediate removal of those phenomena that causes stress to the self in the present (War on Terror) whilst one may compensate for what one has done, or failed to do, prior to a disaster, that has led it to occur, by being charitable and joining in the hypocritical cry of the masses to 'care'. In this, the self is gratified immensely in a variety of psychological ways. But most importantly, the causes are left unaddressed. Hence, the system is left intact. For without it, their own personal ambitions of profiting, despite its being a cornerstone of the cause of tomorrows disasters, would be laid waste.
In this sense, Charity Kills the victims of yesterday, Heals its perpetrators today, and Seals the fate of the victims of tomorrow.