||[Feb. 11th, 2009|10:37 pm]
Had to pop by the shops today and while I was there I bought two tins of canned soup to drop in the big bushfire relief box at the front of my local Supabarn. Made sure I picked ones that opened with ringpulls, because I'm not sure there will be an excess of can openers available. It was only $4 to do, we can afford that, and it's two small quick simple meals.
On the next shopping run, we're buying nappies and baby food to send down. It's a little more costly, but hey, we haven't lost everything, we can afford it.
Also going to be going through Lex's old clothes, and some of his toys, and sending some of those down. And I'm thinking of talking to my accountant about whether a business running at the low level mine runs at, can afford to send a bunch of toys down. Yes there are more important things that people need, but when everything is gone, it's nice if your child at least has a toy to play with.
I'm also moving forward my plan to sort through my clothes. The good ones can be sent down.
Main reason I'm writing this is to get people thinking about what they can do.
But the best thing I'd seen yet on the bushfires comes from Chris Lawson.
I can't give blood because of my leptospirosis, otherwise I'd be exploring that option as well.
I'm so not up with the news, I know there's been talk of a handout, how much they talking about this time?
I disagree with the handouts, personally. Historically they don't work, and that includes recent history, like in the US.
While I agree with most of what Chris says, I don't know if I agree with the whole Now's-not-the-time-to-talk-about-causes line of thinking, simply because the fires are still burning, and even if they weren't, there's nothing to say that a similar outbreak couldn't happen next week.
So I think it's healthy for people to talk about the things that could have been done better... as long as they're productive, and forward-looking discussions.
I don't think it should be about aportioning blame, and *especially* not finding ways to blame the victims. There must be a middle ground though where strategies can be discussed respectfully and with sensitivity?
And that's where I think he's coming from. Many people may start out just trying to suggest strategies, but it often descends to a blame game. People are like that, they want to be able to point to something that's wrong, because that means it can be fixed. And sometimes all that is wrong is that the conditions were insanely hellish beyond all reasonable expectations. Some things can't be fixed.
I'm not actually disagreeing with you at all, your points are good ones. And in an ideal world, yes, there would be a middle ground.
As someone said on the radio today, relief money will head directly toward necessities, not toys. Donating toys is a brilliant idea that I wholeheartedly support.
I figure if I'm donating other stuff as well, toys shouldn't be an issue.
I wish we could donate goods here too, but too far away for it to be feasible. Donating money feels much less direct.
Could I talk to you about a fannish thing off-list? My email addie is ehawkes at iinet dot net dot au