Thursday, August 28, 2014
The ALS Bucket Challenge and Snarky Memes
First there are the accolades: "What a great idea! Hope it catches on!"
Then there is the excitement: "Let's all do it!"
Then there is the peak: "We're all doing it!"
The tapering off: "We're all doing it."
The trickling off: "Sorry I'm late with this, but now I (your grandmother) will now do this."
To ambivalence: "Are we still doing this?"
Denial: "I never felt the need to do this."
And, finally, the hate: "What sort of idiot does this?"
If you don't want to do the ALS Bucket Challenge, don't. If you don't want to give to ALS research, then don't.
Nobody cared about the California drought before this, including the many golf courses and green lawns found throughout that state. The ALS Bucket Challenge is not causing the California drought or threatening the water supply in Africa.
You can't deny, though, that this "stunt" raised plenty of money to combat a horrible disease. That is a good thing -- get it? Disease: Bad. Curing bad disease: Good.
Do you have some problem you want eradicated for which you need to raise money? Try just asking people. I guarantee you won't get far.
Involve them in the effort and you'd be surprised.
That's why people run 5Ks or walk around a track all night long for cancer research. That's why people walk 20 miles around their own town for environmental causes.
So, please, enough with the snarky memes on YouTube and Facebook. Certainly there are more constructive things to be angry at than caring citizens who are just having a little fun while doing a little good.
Besides, if I thought it would raise enough money for the farm, I'd be happy to dump a bucket of ice water over Dirtman's head!