Breaking the Ice – or not

Today’s Daily Prompt: The internet has recently been swept up by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Is there a cause — social, political, cultural, or other — you passionately believe in?

Hmmm, let me think about that… No. I’m sorry. I am not that kind of person. I feel strong about a number of issues, but there isn’t one that stands out or one in which I passionately believe. I write that I’m sorry about this, but I don’t think I really am. It’s just that it sometimes feels like one ought to be into some important cause, stand up for one’s fellow human beings with a certain disadvantage. Don’t get me wrong, I do care about other people, but to say that I’m passionate about a particular cause. No, not really.

This does sound a bit like I am a selfish person. Sometimes I am, but mostly I am not. I work for an organisation that sends me abroad to improve the well-being of other people. In this, I passionately believe. Sometimes it feels a bit naive, what difference can we really make? But  I am committed to this and believe in this cause. It is however not just one cause. Sometimes it is about creating better opportunities for women and girls, sometimes it is about equal rights for all ethnicities, or just about a safe place to raise your children.

That’s my professional life, and during the weekends I give to charity. I buy some Red Cross postcards or donate a penny (or two) in the charity box at the till.

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