Charitable Giving Online

Written by Jesse S. Somer

On-line charities are a perfect place to see how people helprepparttar world, and inspire you to join a good cause.

It isn't hard to see that a lot of people, animals, andrepparttar 144910 environment in general are being neglected in our world today. That's not to say that a lot of things haven't been improved over time as well. As I come from one ofrepparttar 144911 few wealthy nations, I can witness daily bothrepparttar 144912 extravagances of greed andrepparttar 144913 injustice of poverty, although of courserepparttar 144914 amount of poverty in my country is far less than in so-called third-world or developing countries. If we watchrepparttar 144915 News (I try not to as it often effects my mood in a detrimental way) we can also see all kinds of issues relating torepparttar 144916 sustainability of our planet and its natural creatures that live in our interconnected space. However, we often seem to be separating ourselves fromrepparttar 144917 Nature that actually provides us with allrepparttar 144918 elements we need to survive inrepparttar 144919 present and inrepparttar 144920 future.

There are differing opinions on how we as developed countries can helprepparttar 144921 rest of humanity to move forward. Some more 'primitive' societies might argue that they don't need our help or want our type of modern lifestyle anyway. In Bhutan instead of GDP they have GDH or Gross Domestic Happiness. In thinking that happiness is more important than money maybe we really don't have too much to give or teach these people. Bhutan is a minority however andrepparttar 144922 truth is that many countries could do with our support both in terms of finance and inrepparttar 144923 sharing of skills and knowledge.

Many people don't seem to believe in giving to charities or non-profit organizations. I read recently in an Oxfam International article that ofrepparttar 144924 22 rich countries who promised a mere 0.7% of their GDP, only five have come through withrepparttar 144925 goods. It's alsorepparttar 144926 documented case that most ofrepparttar 144927 charity given inrepparttar 144928 world is by individuals, and notrepparttar 144929 rich ones like you'd think, a huge proportion of America's charity is given by people inrepparttar 144930 lower income brackets. This may be because they can emphasize withrepparttar 144931 marginalized as they too know what it is like to have little. It may also berepparttar 144932 case that they are also happier with what they have as opposed torepparttar 144933 often-obsessive consumer who always feels that they haven't got enough and need more material possessions.

A friend of mine says thatrepparttar 144934 way to help others isn't by giving aid but by going and helping to build infrastructure and to change belief systems about economics and progress. The hard thing for most of us is we don't see a means to implement these changes. I can definitely see where monetary aid can be of great help, especially when people have to live in tragic circumstances as inrepparttar 144935 recent Tsunami in Southeast Asia. Sometimes people simply need shelter, food, water, clothes, blankets and medicine to survive and thankfully there are several organizations whose sole purpose is to fulfill this need. Even with their help, around 30,000 children still die everyday in our world. If we all gave just a couple of dollars a day that we usually spend on chocolate or coffee much of this poverty could be alleviated.

Freedom on the Internet

Written by Jesse S. Somer

The Internet brings freedom to speak your mind, but what if you're not allowed to use it?

Throughout all recorded history on our lovely little planet, Earth's human beings have been concerned with a few main ideals. One of these isrepparttar idea of freedom. Freedom, what is it? What does it mean to you? To look at it simply and in context of communication, I'd say that it isrepparttar 144909 right to express oneself within certain moral boundaries. Recently I have discovered thatrepparttar 144910 incredible tool ofrepparttar 144911 Internet is being infected by some of our imperfect human beliefs (a sign ofrepparttar 144912 perfect balance in Nature). Check out a website called 'Reporters Without Borders'. This site is dedicated to both freedom of speech forrepparttar 144913 masses as well as torepparttar 144914 safety ofrepparttar 144915 people who are trying to share true unadulterated stories withrepparttar 144916 wider community. Inrepparttar 144917 site's Internet section I came across a new article about MSN Spaces,repparttar 144918 blogging software from one of America's andrepparttar 144919 world's biggest companies, Microsoft. Well, it seems that in China they have agreed to haverepparttar 144920 words 'democracy' and 'Dalai Lama' completely rejected byrepparttar 144921 system, therefore censoring every on-line journal in China using this software. Looking atrepparttar 144922 Dalai Lama I don't get a feeling of hostile intent...

This comes just after China announced that all blogs and websites have to be registered throughrepparttar 144923 government's authority. After enquiring about how to put an independent blog onrepparttar 144924 Net a hopeful Chinese Internet user was told not to even bother trying to get back onrepparttar 144925 Net. The government now has real-time tools to 'watch' what people are saying at any given moment, and if you are deemed as writing something subversive you better watch your back, as you will be dubbed a cyber dissident. Onrepparttar 144926 website they've got a list of a large number of these 'criminals' who have been imprisoned in many different countries. A court case begins today for a Chinese man who wrote some punk music lyrics on his site. He could be put away for a long time. I'm not joking here, there are a lot of people sitting in cells, many of which are put through all kinds of torture. I'm lucky I'm not in China or one of these other often-repressively ruled countries or I'd be called a dissident just for writing these controversial words.

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