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    (Original post by Tzar_Chasm)
    Everyday I'm wracked with guilt. Since when was it acceptable for us to spend money on things we don't actually need, rather than helping people who are dying because of poverty?

    Is this not the ultimate humanitarian crime?

    People speak of the horrors of war and the Holocaust. But look at ourselves today. We sit back while people are dying in agony. We are evil, evil people. We should do absolutely everything in our power to help these people.

    Poverty will be viewed in the same moral outrage as slavery and genocides gone by.

    When I discovered the poverty that exists in our would, it was then I lost faith in humanity.
    You deserve it maybe, you've worked hard for what you've got so you can spend your money how you like, something along that principle if ya get me.
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    (Original post by Fusion)
    Are you horrible and selfish?
    Yes. I don't think I have to have done anything to be horrible and selfish in this situation, doing nothing is enough.

    (Original post by gman2k8)
    You deserve it maybe, you've worked hard for what you've got so you can spend your money how you like, something along that principle if ya get me.
    How can someone deserve to be born in a wealthy country?
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    (Original post by Tzar_Chasm)
    Why are you avoiding the question? I'm asking why you yourself feel your lifestyle is justified.

    Stop going off topic.
    when you are willing to sell every non living essential item you own, sell your house, get the crappiest cheapest place there is and live on lentils and send all your income then to oxfam...then we'll talk..if not..well Im good
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    (Original post by zef99)
    I think in this case, the ends actually justify the means.
    That's never the case.
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    because people without money are noobs
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    (Original post by Tzar_Chasm)
    Everyday I'm wracked with guilt. Since when was it acceptable for us to spend money on things we don't actually need, rather than helping people who are dying because of poverty?
    Nobody has ever said its acceptable.
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    (Original post by just say hello)
    Personally I dont want to give money to 3rd world countries, i prefer great almond street hospital.
    erm.... That would be Great Ormond Street then.
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    (Original post by tom//)
    instead of paying £15 a month for broadband why dont you stop doing that and give it to the third world?

    that would be good for everyone, one less _____ off the internet, more food for the hungry. we are all winners :adore:
    Set an example for the rest of us!
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    (Original post by AP_89)
    Set an example for the rest of us!
    youre such a troll fail :facepalm2:
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    (Original post by tom//)
    youre such a troll fail :facepalm2:
    I'm not trolling. Wtf.
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    (Original post by Tzar_Chasm)
    Why are you avoiding the question? I'm asking why you yourself feel your lifestyle is justified.

    Stop going off topic.
    Its not a matter of being "justified" - its just a matter of accidents at birth. Some are born into poverty, some are born into wealth, some are born gifted, some are born utterly talentless, some are born blessed with good genes, whilst others are not...

    Dont penalise the wealthy. No one asks to be born privileged. They just are. And providing one is a good person, you shouldnt have to apologise for it. And if, one day, my hard work pays off and I am able to be financially comfortable with a nice house, a nice car and the odd holiday, I am not going to apologise for it.
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    (Original post by nolongerhearthemusic)
    Yes. I don't think I have to have done anything to be horrible and selfish in this situation, doing nothing is enough.



    How can someone deserve to be born in a wealthy country?
    You are saying that asif if you are born in a poor county that automatically means you'll live a life of poverty. Unless I've miunderstood you.
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    (Original post by gman2k8)
    You are saying that asif if you are born in a poor county that automatically means you'll live a life of poverty. Unless I've miunderstood you.
    It is automatic for some people, though. What I'm saying is that I don't feel I deserve anything I have. It's an accident of birth that I have food, shelter, and education. I don't deserve that any more than anyone living in poverty does.
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    (Original post by tom//)
    youre such a troll fail :facepalm2:
    Explain your gibberish.
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    (Original post by AP_89)
    Explain your gibberish.
    no
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    (Original post by tom//)
    no
    Right.. good one?
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    (Original post by nolongerhearthemusic)
    It is automatic for some people, though. What I'm saying is that I don't feel I deserve anything I have. It's an accident of birth that I have food, shelter, and education. I don't deserve that any more than anyone living in poverty does.
    I see where you coming from now and yeah you do have a point there, guess we just gotta be thankful but what we got.
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    Would you like to tell me what I should do about it?
    Live your life. Let others live theirs.
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    (Original post by Tzar_Chasm)
    I'm asking why you yourself feel your lifestyle is justified.
    Would you really like to know? Because I am self-interested, and rightly so - just like every other living thing on this planet and probably in this universe. More importantly though, because I do not believe that need is any sort of claim to property. What I have, I am entitled to.

    Whilst other people out there may be robbed or, more frequently, held at the barrel of a gun by their authoritarian/socialist governments (which is, I believe, the sole cause of true poverty in the world) it does not give them standing to expect things off of me. Yes, I believe what is done to them is immoral, and I will go some way to helping that - as a free world is in my interest as well as theirs - but to surrender what I want out of life to what someone else wants out of life is too much.
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    (Original post by Vivisteiner)
    Its a shame, isn't it?

    Making a change is so very difficult that most people believe it is impossible. And what can one little man do on his own? Even if he gives all his wealth to charity the poverty will be pretty much as bad as ever. Its like removing one drop from an ocean.

    The challenge is so big we convince ourselves it is impossible. The percieved futility of our actions means we cannot truly reap the rewards of our endeavour and so we do not endeavour at all.
    I certainly believe one man can make a great difference, but in this case I am not that one man. The man concerned is the man who lives under these system that oppress him and force him into a life of poverty. What you will find, instead, however is that many of these systems are positively supported by great swathes of the populations they oppress.
 
 
 
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