Reflecting on Russell Brand’s film, Brand: A Second Coming, which pretty much continues the work of his book, Revolution, and is well worth a watch because it is funny and moving and desperately sad, I am inclined to ask at what point other ‘fortunates’ might get off their arse/ass and actually do something about the things that are wrong and very much preventable in the world. I am thinking of the Chris Martins, the Sandra Bullocks, the George Clooneys, the Angelina Jolies, the Mark Zuckerburgs, the Bill Gates’, the Richard Bransons, the Emma Watsons, the J. K. Rowlings, the Bonos, and others like them, in short, those people with enough money and influence to actually begin making a difference in the world; and I’m not talking about donations to charities (a tax efficient form of giving that is rarely, if ever, checked up on to verify whether what’s being said is being given is really being given in the first place), I’m talking about instances of activism where a difference is felt immediately – begin with a single starving person and feed them, educate them, provide them with shelter, and continue doing so until they are in a position to continue such work themselves. All of the people listed above fall within the realms of the ‘philanthropic’ of their own volition. Why not crank up the philanthropy? Why not?
March 15, 2015