Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving

During a week when most Americans get together to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family, it is important for keep this in perspective. While we have been blessed with much (and too many of us take this for granted) there are so many in the world who are lacking even the most basic necessities.

The Sacramento Bee has an ongoing photo blog called The Frame that is full of breathtaking images. Last week, The Frame posted a new entry called "The World's Children". These images show heartbreaking examples of children fending for themselves in circumstances that I can barely even imagine.

As you take time this week to be thankful for what you have, please consider those in the world that have almost nothing to be thankful for. They are hungry, abused, tired, sick, scared, lonely, and many of them are young. Look at these images of the least of these- some of the poorest children in the world- and let it affect you. Let the looks in their eyes break through the callousness on your heart, and the indifference in your head. Can we help them? Of course we can. Just because we can't fix all their problems right away is no excuse for not starting somewhere. There are charities, non-profits, and churches everywhere that are getting involved in these difficult places. Find a way to support them.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Freedom 4/24

I have begun a series of blogs for a non-profit group that I volunteer with named Freedom 4/24. You can find their blog here.

Freedom 4/24 is an organization that exists to help raise awareness of sexual exploitation that is very prevalent in southeast Asia. Please take some time to read through their site, and consider if there is any way that you might be able to help, or get involved.

Big problems don't necessarily require large, complex solutions- sometimes they just need attention, and for people to choose action over apathy. What will you choose today? What part could you play in alleviating the suffering of others? After reading more about Freedom 4/24, please consider what you could do to get involved.

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on man unless they act. - G. K. Chesterton

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

On Health Care

Here is good insight from Matt Perman as the pundits continue to jabber and the politicians continue to waffle-

One thing we need to remember is that health care is not a right, like freedom. It is a need, like food. You posses your rights simply by virtue of being human, but you have to earn your needs. For example, we don’t say that people have a “right” to be supplied healthy food by society. You have to earn the food that you eat. That is as it should be. Likewise, it is right and appropriate for health insurance to be something that people have to earn by either paying for directly or as part of the compensation package their employer provides.

Read the whole article about Health Savings Accounts at What's Best Next.

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