Apparently pouring water over your head raises awareness about ALS. I don’t mean to sound cynical but I think there’s more to social activism than this. That aside, remember that you can and should donate regardless of whether you’re tagged or not.
I haven’t donated yet because I felt that by only doing so after being nominated, my act of charity out of social obligation and not truly sincere.
Maybe I’ll donate in the future, maybe I’ll donate to other charities.
But don’t get me wrong, please. I’m not saying that people who donated only when they were tagged to do the challenge are insincere! What I’m saying is that donating only now feels forced for me because just last week I never felt the urge to donate despite seeing all these ice bucket challenge videos.
Yes it’s good to be charitable and less apathetic. I’m just not there yet and while I hope that one day I grow up to become a better person, I can’t bring myself to do it today.
I think this video paints the best picture of what ALS is like. And I shared before that this video alone has done more to enrich my understanding of this condition than all of the ice bucket challenge videos I’ve seen.
At the same time, I can see why the ice bucket challenge has become so commercialized and viral on social media. This campaign was born out of the intention of raising awareness and raising funds for research. While the motivations of individuals participating can be questionable, objectively speaking, the ice bucket challenge has certainly been effective in serving it’s purpose.
Depending on how you look at it, this campaign might not be so much about making people take a ethical stand or make an emotional investment in the cause. It’s not like a racial equality or LBGT rights kinda campaign in that sense.
I think there are so many ways to look at this but I mainly want to set my intentions clear and I want to be 100% honest. I may have contradicted myself a million times and that’s because my conclusion is a balanced one, there’s no clear right or wrong.
Ok now that I’ve sorted out my intentions, I guess I will donate, acknowledging the externally influenced power that social obligation had on me.