Charity begins at home

Not only does char­i­ty begin at home but, arguably, char­i­ty real­ly is a mod­est and self­less act of assis­tance giv­en to some­one in need and with no thought or expec­ta­tion of any acknowl­edge­ment, recog­ni­tion or reward of any kind.  Sure, a thank you is nice and, in some cir­cum­stances it is fair to expect, but a great deal of char­i­ta­ble acts are done anony­mous­ly or dis­crete­ly and nev­er get acknowl­edged, although they cer­tain­ly do make a dif­fer­ence.

True char­i­ty is mute and blind.  It sees and speaks with the heart, doing every­thing that must be done with nei­ther noise nor fan­fare.  — Jean-Paul Malfatti

VIDEO:  Celebrities attend­ing the SeriousFun Children’s Network Charity Gala Night held at the RoundHouse Camden in London, United Kingdom.

I don’t know about you, but when I watch scenes like many of those in the above video what I see isn’t any­thing about char­i­ty or, in the case of this event, the chil­dren who will sup­pos­ed­ly be aid­ed by the turnout of “celebri­ties:”  Maybe I would if I watched more of it, but I couldn’t get past the first few moments of what — as I say — doesn’t appear to be char­i­ty but, rather, appears to be atten­tion seek­ing and virtue sig­nalling … Oh, and adver­tis­ing, pro­mot­ing, and pub­lic rela­tions.

What is with that look … The hand-on-hip with leg at a jaun­ty angle and pos­ing for the click, click, click and the flash, flash, flash of the ador­ing cam­eras?

Frankly, it’s sick­en­ing.  What is with that look … The hand-on-hip with leg at a jaun­ty angle and pos­ing for the click, click, click and the flash, flash, flash of the ador­ing cam­eras?  Look at me as I help the chil­dren.  Bars and clubs in big and small towns across the land have sim­i­lar adver­tis­ing (and trite hash­tags)  for young women, in par­tic­u­lar, to stand in front of and pose like their favorite celebri­ties and feel and think that they are, some­how, impor­tant.  At least in those cas­es the young women are not under any mis­tak­en char­i­ta­ble pre­con­cep­tions.

What the hell is up with the hand on hip and leg at a jaunty angle 'charity event' pose for the cameras
What the hell is up with the hand on hip and leg at a jaun­ty angle ‘char­i­ty event’ pose for the cam­eras

 

Charles Ortel at LifeZette.com wrote Here’s Why There May Be No More Free Passes for the Clinton Foundation dis­cussing the seem­ing­ly sor­did his­to­ry of the Clinton Foundation and their osten­si­ble HIV/AIDS-relat­ed char­i­ty work.  Ortel opines that, “A new Department of Justice probe of the email and char­i­ty fraud scan­dals won’t end well for Bill or Hillary.”  We’ll see how that goes, but I don’t real­ly have much faith that any legal jus­tice awaits the Clintons.  Perhaps they’ll be forced, by set­tle­ment agree­ment or sim­ply the optics of it all, to com­plete­ly dis­so­ci­ate them­selves from the foun­da­tion; like­ly while pro­claim­ing their piety and right­eous­ness and how this is all just an alt-right con­spir­a­cy against them but, for the chil­dren (or whatever/whomever), they will ‘step back’ from the foun­da­tion so as ‘not to dis­tract from the con­tin­ued good char­i­ta­ble works of the foun­da­tion mov­ing for­ward.’  See!  It’s like I’ve read it all before.  The same dam­age con­trol chore­o­graphed by a pub­lic rela­tions com­pa­ny that we see when­ev­er a par­tic­u­lar “class” of peo­ple do wrong or out­right com­mit crimes.  It might even be worth anoth­er book deal for Hillary, and she can go on anoth­er nation­al tour to blame every­one but her­self.

How did Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, while U.S. attor­ney in Maryland, miss the fact that the Clinton Foundation was pro­mot­ing use of poten­tial­ly adul­ter­at­ed HIV and AIDS drugs from October 2003 for­ward, even as he took until May 2013 to help win a $500 mil­lion set of penal­ties against the Indian man­u­fac­tur­er of the gener­ic drugs?

No I don’t want to “donate a dol­lar” at the check­out for the fifth time this week.  No I don’t want to donate to the children’s hos­pi­tal.  No I don’t want to spon­sor you to run, walk, jump, row a boat or do any­thing else to “raise aware­ness” or “find the cure” or “fight” for your cho­sen dis­ease or cause.  No I don’t admire your (osten­si­ble) char­i­ta­ble works.  Charity begins at home, or at least in your own com­mu­ni­ty, so try giv­ing a sand­wich to a home­less per­son, a ride to a sin­gle moth­er who needs to get her sick child to a doctor’s appoint­ment, befriend the seem­ing­ly trou­bled and lone­ly young man down the street, or do some­thing that has zero ele­ment of it being about your­self.

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