LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Christmas ‘charity porn’ season begins

21 November 2018
By The Editor
news@TheCork.ie

The below is a ‘Letter to the Editor’, we do not necessarily endorse the views expressed

 

Dear Editor,

As the Christmas season descends the Irish human welfare charity industry
cranks up production.

In the run-in to Christmas day sob stories will be issued and heart-strings
plucked all aimed at financial extraction from your purse.

Implied in the charity message is that somehow it is your responsibility
that your fellow human cannot get their act together.

This guilt-tripping is aimed at those who just get on with life and orient
to self-help themselves to overcome life’s difficulties.

As a nation we enjoy suckling the teat of human misery.

Irish people seem to be at their happiest helping those who wallow in the
milk of ‘oh-woe is me’.

High profile human welfare charities are addicted to their public
self-importance image and numerous opportunities to pontificate as a
pompous windbag on the fragility of the human condition.

Not for them the aim of every charity which is to disband having achieved
what they were set up in the first place for.

To solve a recognised human need and then to put in place a support
structure before closing down.

The Irish charity industry needs downsizing alongside a realignment of
personnel and resources.

There will always be those in an eleemosynary state within our society.

But we must never forget the adage; charity should be given without being
asked for.

Please spare us from charity porn this and every Christmas!

Yours,

John Tierney
Ashtown
Fews
Co Waterford

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