h/t for the pointer.
Thus, I am here on the internet with my little hand out. I am not the type to ask for help ever, even when it is sane and logical to do so, but today I fell into the realm of the desperate.
I've found a place that is small and cheap. It is closer to the college I am currently attending, and only a block away from where I will be attending in the Spring. I just need the funds to get out of here. I do not want to wait until December because this situation has become unhealthy and intolerable.
I'm offering rewards in the thing that I'm good at: Art. Specifically, greeting cards with whatever the hell thing you want on them. Like motorcycles? I can do that. Have a thing for ponies? I'm there. Big honking fan of Deadpool? Aren't we all. Just let me know what thing you want, and I'll draw the thing. $25, $50, and $100 reward levels.
If you can help, that would be awesome. If you can share this, that would be excellent.
It's traditional to obsess about the problem of evil when that happens. (Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Or, why do people believe in a God when, demonstrably, bad things happen to good people?) This is kind of a waste of time if you ask me, because it is the kind of thinking that does not result in action.
It's also traditional to ask aloud "what kind of person would do that?" Here, we mean: what kind of person would kill those people? We're asking that because we want to reassure ourselves that we're not that kind of person, and that we don't understand them at all. It would be too scary to understand them because then we might worry that we would do something similar.
I had to clarify that last question "what kind of person would do that?", because the antecedent of "that" was unclear. It could have been read as "what kind of person would spend their lives serving the poor?" We're also confident that we're not that kind of person, and we don't understand them at all either. It would be too scary to understand them because then we might worry that we would do something similar.
Reading a shocking headline, we miss the big tragedy here because it's with us all the time: the desperate poverty, the lack of education, lack of adequate medical care (people with diabetes and no insulin!), lack of hope. This is in our own country. There also is poverty in our own state and our own greater metro area. The question that we should be asking is not "why does God let that happen?" The question is: why do I let that happen?
I know you are already doing something about poverty and injustice in your metro area, because you are good people. Sometimes we have to take stock and ask ourselves what more we could be doing. There is always something more that we could do, and because this too (the fact that "we could always be doing more") is with is all the time, we do not think about it. We do not think about the things that are always there.
When you see news like this, that traditionally makes people wonder "why do these things happen?", this actually is your cue to think "what more could I be doing?" and then, of course, do something.
You can afford 3:48 mins to watch this video made last year about how they felt about what they do.
says "The reader is invited and challenged to read this quotation [from Augustine] two or three times and ask himself whether he really believes it is true, and what a revolution in his life it would make if he did."
not sure if "would make" is correct mood
but sure yes revolution.
 This article clearly distinguishes God from a Los Angeles freeway."
- Carnegie Melloncomputer science
- MITcomputer science
- software engineer, present
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