Monday, February 20, 2012

Too Many Causes

This morning when I turned on the radio, John Mayer's "Waiting On The World To Change" was playing. At first I wasn't really paying attention, but then for some reason this verse stuck out to me:
It's not that we don't care,
We just know that the fight ain't fair

So we keep on waiting,
Waiting on the world to change
It reminded me of a video a friend sent to me recently, a song someone had written and posted to YouTube called "All Good Causes."


The song describes how even though there are so many worthy causes in the world, we just don't have time to be passionate about and involved in all of them. Like John Mayer said, it's not that we don't care. But sometimes, as my Facebook and Twitter feeds fill up with pleas to support, it's easier to just not be a part of anything. Because when they are all good causes, just picking one or two to support can almost feel like a betrayal of the rest - so it's simpler to pick none at all. And as more and more of these causes and non-profits turn to social media to get the support they need to continue, the pleas become more personal, as we see friends or family posting about how deeply important something is to them. Because they or someone they know personally has this problem.

It's frustrating and overwhelming to know that so many things are broken and need our help, our time and money, to be fixed. In the end we can't care about all of them, so we ignore them all or pick a few, usually whichever ones have had an impact in our own lives. So which causes do you make time for, and why? Is there just one that's really important to you, or several? How many can you be part of?

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