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Tags: aid blogging, aid effectiveness, for aid non-insiders, for discussion
Thank you for this all too true post. Being a good citizen, leading by example goes a long way. It starts with me. I am not an aid worker, nor will I ever be. But I want to change the world for the better and though I already thought I need to start with myself, your post confirms that it is so. Thank you for being honest. /Jenny http://www.dreamersbehinddesks.com
Found your blog by looking at google results for the song All I wanna do … but I so agree with you! Yeah, sometimes I just wanna have fun. Sure, we could certainly say that just as it’s probably not enough for a severely obese person just to give up their twinkies if they want to be a reasonable weight, it’s also probably not enough for the average American to appease their conscience just by “recycling”. In the real world, we also need to do a whole lot of reducing and reusing, and a whole lot of other stuff. On the other hand, if we always took ourselves so seriously as that, we’d just die. Or at least, we’d be a pariah. Lemme use a piece of aluminum foil now and then without re-washing it, dammit! We’ve gotta operate within our culture, out there on Santa Monica Blvd, slowly enjoying the lingering death that comes from the early morning beer buzz lifestyle.
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