Most everyone with some tie to society has seen and heard of the ALS Association’s meme of the ice water challenge to raise funds and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Many people across our country and beyond have gladly taken on the challenge when called out by someone else. We have laughed. We have screamed. And we have passed the torch to someone else. Yes I did this too. You can see mine here.
It has worked. It is estimated that 41 million dollars has been raised to help research this horrible disease to hopefully find a drug that can fight it and help those suffering with it.
Now…enter the naysayers.
It didn’t take long for the critics to start popping up on Facebook.
How dare you waste precious water by pouring it over your head! Americans are so wasteful! I’m so offended by your actions – don’t you know there are children dying of thirst in Africa?! I am so offended – HELLOOOO, we are in a drought situation over here and I have to save my bath water just to keep my plants alive!
And then there are the photos presented to drive the naysayers point straight like a punch in the stomach. The one I saw yesterday showed a photo of a large group of people pouring buckets of water over their heads. The second photo showed a relief worker from a third world country holding a small bowl of water for a child to drink.
How dare you take part in this wasteful american privilege stunt – you are so wrong to do that and you are a spoiled, mean person.
Listen…there will always be someone, somewhere, who is in a situation that is bad. There will always be someone, somewhere, who is hungry, thirsty, poor, has no shoes, or no shelter.
There will always be someone.
And yes it is heart wrenching. But if the world stopped doing positive things to raise money or help someone, so as not to offend someone else, nothing good would ever be done.
There are times when being politically correct is warranted. But there are other times when being politically correct doesn’t apply to the situation. This is one of those times.
If I was told that I could make the choice to either pour that bucket of water on my head, or mail it to a child in need – guess what I would have done? But guess what? I can’t mail water to Africa. Yes, Americans are pouring ice water over their heads. Thankfully, we are not a famine nation. We have the natural resources to do that. And we should not be made to feel ashamed because other people may not have ample supply.
Where does this stop?
I will tell you where it needs to stop. It needs to stop with people criticizing the ones who have joined in this meme. Those quick to criticize need to step away from their keyboard and gather their thoughts to hopefully put them in priority. $41 million dollars would not be there for ALS had this challenge not had its domino effect across the country.
I think that is quite impressive. And good. And a positive thing.