Sunday, October 4, 2015

False Charity

I am not the most charitable person but I do what I can when I can. I give away loose change when I have it on me, I'll text £5 to whatever charities when I'm asked on the street and if I walk past a homeless person and I have anything on me I'll give them what I've got. I mean people can be really rude with giving away money but its just small things that you can live without could help someone else a tremendous amount. When I do give money to either a charity or somebody on the street, in myself I feel happy. I may have made that person happy, smile or helped them slightly. I don't expect people to be like 'Oh wow! What a lovely girl' you know, but all I see now is people expecting respect because they've given money or whatever away, 

Knowing myself that I've done a good deed is enough for me. I think it is kind of gross of people to film themselves giving money away, buying a McDonalds for somebody on the street so that people on social media can see them doing something nice. I don't understand why people feel the need to have thousands of views and admiration because they have been charitable. It takes the goodness away from the good deed I think, 'oh hey look at me I gave food to a homeless man share this so I can get more attention' like they crave internet popularity more than that person needed that money or food? Doesn't really make sense.

SO many people do stuff like that daily out of the goodness of their hearts, not to get a few hundred likes, retweets and shares? They don't expect to get anything from it, so I don't understand why people fall at peoples feet just because somebody was filmed giving it away. 

I was out in Canterbury the other night with people from my friends university and as we walked (or stumbled shall I say) out of subway at 4am a homeless lady was kindly asking for money and a girl we were with went over and gave her her change and the cookie she got. Seeing her do it filled me with happiness, it was such a lovely thing to do, just a act of kindness. She expected nothing in return and I think that is what charity is. It's not about having people praising you, its doing it to genuinely help.

People need to stop caring so much about 'street cred' so to speak, and do more of what matters because the goodness is taken out of it when the only reason you gave to charity is to get noticed online.

What do you think?

Thanks for reading.

Chloë X

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