“Why people don’t give”, let explore some of theses reasons, based on an article written by “The lives you can save” Under this link.
These are common objections, but I heard all of them during my crowdfunding campaign. In the next blogpost, after this exploration, I will focus on “Why to give”! This is most important.
Objection n°1 : I already give enough. I prefer to invest in my own community.
First part : I already give enough! One can have the impression of giving by simply paying invoices, and mainly taxes, and that with this money, we could obtain more out of it, so that it would stop us from giving. There is a large feeling of frustration, injustice, that feeds the conversations around the coffee machine. It is also true that we are oversollicitated, for everything, school, business, leisure time, evenigs, diner, … and that by being accupied all day long, we just forget what is important. We are trapped by law and morality, to convince bad drivers to reduce speed for example, and not only we have the impression of giving our money, but also to give our time! What have we left! And on top of that, we are sollicitated by advertising, to have the last phone, and it seems more important to pay for it, than saving a penny for someone or some cause. In many cases, people feel powerless against this and abandon. They shouldn’t and there only way to gain freedom again is to choose. Choosing ow to allocate thier money, how to allocate their time, how to allocate their energy, … This is the first most powerful decision, the second is to say NO!
Second part : I prefer to invest in my own community. Why not? Helping family, friends, people around you is good. But staying in his own community usually ends up in some ghettos, that can be real, intellectual, goegraphical, professionnal. One needs always “others”, it is not usually clear what is hiding behind this word, but it can be anyone. Furthermore, what is called the “Butterly Effect” shows, that a decision taken somewhere have consequence somewhere else far away. So the distance is maybe not the best criteria for a decision for giving or not to somebody.
I would say as a conclusion : “Help who needs it! and choose”