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My Winter Challenge

Postby kelsa » Sun Nov 21, 21:28 2010

Who here has heard the song "Christmas Shoes" by NewSong?

I fucking hate that song, and my issues with it are purely in line with "holiday spirit."

I hate this song because it focuses on the privileged person in the song. We get a description of the dirt on the boy, how young he is, is deteriorating family situation and their poor health. Then we get the heroic act, and the repetition of how their spiritual deity sent that little boy standing before him to teach him a lesson about humility and giving. How much of a special snowflake do you think you are, really? I'f your god made poverty so that you could be taught humility, your god sucks. I can't get over the arrogance here: the character throws down a few bucks, makes the kids night, and then we're treated to a ridiculously repetitive chorus about how this all helped to make him a better person and teach him a real lesson. I don't think you learned that lesson real well buddy, coz the problems that kid have extend past needing a pair of shoes to make his Mama's Christmas. His problems include the poverty he's living in and the illness and death that are the consequences of being poor in the United States. You gave him a bandaid to get him through the night of his mother's death.

Congratulations.

But bandaids aren't enough.

So this holiday season, I am giving up on bandaids and doing something to make an impact. From now until New Years Day, I am going to not be taken in my the temptation to administer a bandaid, instead focusing my efforts, personal and financial, on longer, more sustainable efforts to help others.

I've done enough social services work to know none of us can save the world single handedly. So I'm asking you all to think about doing your own version of a winter challenge, and really think about avoiding the bandaid solutions holidays encourage us to enact. When you're tempted to do something tiny, go ahead and do something big. Let's try to make the spirit of giving everyone talks about a reality by stretching ourselves and actually, really, truly giving.


(And seriously, if you see a young child without any supervision frantically counting out pennies in an unwashed state, talking about his mother's death, don't just give him a couple of bucks. Buy the whole pair of shoes, see if he needs gloves and a hat and warm socks, tell him to keep his money, then walk him back home, stopping to talk to his father about what he'll need in the upcoming weeks, and enrolling him in Big Brothers, Big Sisters or a community mentoring program, as well as making sure he won't have to worry about obtaining the money to make the death of his next parent bearable through providing work and the training necessary to get work for him as he grows up and for the remainder of his family, along with health insurance benefits so we don't have parents dying at ridiculously young ages.)
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Re: My Winter Challenge

Postby Aum » Sun Nov 21, 21:45 2010

Your OP kind of reminds me of this:

(Warning, the video is slightly disturbing.)

For those who fear the economic downturn has permanently crushed the U.S. consumer's appetite for consumption - have no fear. The sight of adults crying their eyes out and screaming hysterically over cashmere sweaters and $55 scented candles should reassure you that capitalism is alive and well in the American heartland.

These were the images that greeted viewers of the final edition of Oprah's 'Favorite Things.' The annual frenzy kicked off with Oprah ripping off a decoy dress to reveal a holiday inspired outfit underneath - and it only got more bizarre from there.

While Oprah handed out 3D TVs, five-year memberships to Netflix and diamond watches, her audience, invited for their good deeds, whipped themselves into a delirium that would put the audience at the ancient Colosseum to shame.

The ecstasy reached its climax when Oprah announced that everyone would be receiving a seven day, all-expenses paid trip on the world's largest cruise ship, the Allure of the Seas.

While some may take issue with the message this sort of show sends, you can't deny it makes for unbearably good TV. See what I mean by watching the video below.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/yahoocanada/ ... ite_things
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Re: My Winter Challenge

Postby miketheheadlesschicken » Mon Nov 22, 1:29 2010

I definitely agree with this, kelsa. Though I have to be honest, the first thing this made me think of is a Patton Oswalt routine about the same song (NSFW):
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Re: My Winter Challenge

Postby Charli! » Mon Nov 22, 12:48 2010

I like the idea.. but I have no idea what to do!

I should try harder about being green, cos since I've been living at home its all slipped to fit back in with my family's ways and just avoid the hassle. So I could go back to actually being veggie, and using the car less (though I'd struggle with that- I only go to and from work in it and there are no buses, I work in a stupid place). Can't really grow my own veg in winter.

I do all the standard green things that are in the newspaper, but none of them feel enough. That goes for issues other than 'green' too.
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Re: My Winter Challenge

Postby monk » Mon Nov 22, 16:22 2010

Charli! wrote:I like the idea.. but I have no idea what to do!

I should try harder about being green, cos since I've been living at home its all slipped to fit back in with my family's ways and just avoid the hassle. So I could go back to actually being veggie, and using the car less (though I'd struggle with that- I only go to and from work in it and there are no buses, I work in a stupid place).


Being Green is an everyday thing and saving the "planet" is the goal there. I think what Kelsa's taking about in line with the holiday etc is to help some people. specifically.

You say you have to drive to work. Then find someone who is taking the bus, and take them to work too everyday. this saves that person the bus money and costs you very little. Most people riding the bus aren't doing it to be "green" they're doing it because they can't afford a car.

Go to your local food bank where they are giving out food, pick a person (mom w/kids), find out what their situation is and help them. Does the mom need a job? help her with a resume, take her out job hunting. does she need someone to watch her kids while she does this? you. Does she need transport to get her kids to the doctor?you. does she need a ride to go hunting for housing? you. . Basically, take someone who is in a way worse position than you and give them some of your time and access to you as a free source of transportation and maybe some help getting to the next step.
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Re: My Winter Challenge

Postby kelsa » Mon Nov 22, 16:49 2010

No, help the planet too. Whatever your version of this is, go for it! The main thing is it shouldn't be a holiday time one off thing. However you interpret that, excellent! :)
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Re: My Winter Challenge

Postby Mordak » Mon Nov 22, 16:58 2010

This thread has me giving more consideration to continue on with my nursing studies. Although I feel I do more than enough as a carer who likes her job, I can't work in a hospital or out on the field, and completeing and passing an RN uni degree would give me more of an ability to help more people every day, and I'd probably find it just as fufilling.

In the meantime, I'm thinking of doing some campaigning and fundraising for the charity I donate to, the wilderness society.
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Re: My Winter Challenge

Postby Neko » Mon Nov 22, 18:29 2010

I plan to help my friend start her FAFSA paperwork.

At the moment, she lives on social security for mental illness and her whole life is paid for by the government. Her current apartment is paid for on the condition that she attends group (which I hope helps her in some way) and "classes" that she really doesn't enjoy--the teachers know less about the subjects than she does and she ends up teaching the class herself. She has implied several times that she in no way plans to live this way the rest of her life and I want to give her the tools she needs to get started. She's a lot smarter than she gives herself credit for, although this level of paperwork is a bit daunting. So I will help guide her through it. Even if she doesn't want to start taking classes next fall, she can at least get an idea how much aid she will receive. And after we figure out the paperwork, it should become routine after a few years.

I'm really excited about it, actually. Her life has been pretty shitty and this would be a really good exercise for her to feel in control of her future.
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