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There is Simply Too Much – Charities, Technology and Stuff

I need to rant for a second.

I’m so tired of all the charities/foundations that are being created. There seems to be a run/fundraiser every weekend and with the report from the CBC that the Canadian Cancer Society spent more money on fundraising than on research (view it here and visit – and that is after mesothelioma explained and the rest of vital information found, – when is this going to stop? Seriously. I just heard about Septembeard which dilutes all the hard work Movember has done to build their brand.

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I was lucky enough to attend TEDxCalgary in 2010 and heard a presentation called The Pendulum of Marketing given by Michael Drew ( The video might be blocked in your country but the basic idea is that every 40 years or so, there is a cycle of human behaviour and as is clearly obvious, we’re in a very civic cycle where everyone wants to help out and give back to their community. As you can well imagine, people will eventually grow tired of this cycle and we will then move back into a phase where we will be more focused on ourselves and more frugal with our time and our energy.

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It’s going to come to a head – look at how inundated we are with technology – everyone is always on their cell phones so much that we have to come out with a law that prevents people from being on their phone while driving.

Most of us are guilty of this and the people I’ve met who never have also apply that strict moral judgement in other areas of their lives and are better off for it.

When we’re out with a friend eating dinner, what does it say to them if we’re on our phone txting someone else? Is it not the same thing if we were talking to someone at another table instead of talking to our friend? And if we consider, perhaps that’s the problem. Do we think there are different levels of awareness and it’s better to give our friend 10% of our attention instead of 0%. Well I’ll tell you what, it’s not.

We need to start taking back our time. Perhaps I’m falling into this cycle myself as I’m already moving into the next cycle but I’ve had enough. I’ve done Movember, I’ve done the Relay for Life. They are all well meaning charities run by passionate, amazing people. But there are just too many and they’re not effective in what they’re aiming to do.

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Let’s take back our lives and realize that we need to start putting ourselves first because if we don’t, then we’re going to lose ourselves.

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. – Janis Joplin

It’s ok to say no. It’s ok to be selfish. Realize what’s important. Realize what you love. And surround yourself with that.

2 thoughts on “There is Simply Too Much – Charities, Technology and Stuff”

  1. I completely agree. I have participated in events and fundraising fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Canadian Cancer Society, as well as have donated to participants in other events, and also have an “adopted child” through Vision Canada who has the nerve to send me almost monthly something to donate more money for something else. I do not make a lot of money and never will as I believe work should be enjoyed and not about the number on your paycheck, but yet I will give it up to an organization in need. Also, I have spent a great deal of MY time fundraising money from other people who also don’t have a lot of money but who like me are willing to give it away to a good cause. Although we all like to help, it really bothers me how this money is going to research cures for all of these illnesses (not to mention as you say fundraising, etc…) instead of also prevention and education. I am a firm believer that most cancers, diseases, illnesses could be prevented through good old fashion exercise, a clean diet (vegan preferably consisting of natural foods), and an overall positive healthy lifestyle. I feel that most medications cause our bodies more harm than good, though doctors would lead you to believe otherwise. I am not saying that I am not glad I participated in these events and that I didn’t have a great time with great people, but I agree that we need to take back our time. I spent most of my life helping everyone else besides myself and did myself no good by doing so. I have learned with time that yes, I must look after myself as I am all I’ve got, and though I still care very much for others, I always make sure to take care of myself. Our time is precious and we should ensure to fill it with wonderful people and activities we love. It’s not being selfish, it’s caring about yourself =)

  2. I couldn’t agree with you more :)I read a great article on Obama a few years ago and his stance on religion, abortion, etc…he made a great point about abortions and said that instead of trying to treat the issue with teens once they were pregnant, that they should education and try to prevent the teens getting pregnant in the first place.

    Too many times we focus on a treatment (also because it’s a way to make more money) instead of focusing on the prevention. All of the causes we do focus too much on the former. Like you said, instead of eating better and exercising, we try to get treatments in the hospital to get rid of the disease.

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