Sunday, July 03, 2005

The Hypocrisy of the Live 8 Campaign

So the concerts have happened. Hundreds of thousands attended. Many wore the now ubiquitous white wrist bands. They soaked in the music. They soaked in the atmosphere. They all felt good about helping end world poverty.

And then? And then . . . ? ? ? And then these people, most of them spoilt, overly pampered young kids headed home and will do nothing more to "help" end world poverty ... until there's another concert that is. Pathetic hypocrits.

Please be clear of one thing: I do NOT condemn the musicians in any way, shape, or form. I believe that they believe in this cause and sincerely want change to occur. But what they're up against is the selfishness of those attending the concerts and that is an insurmountable force to overcome.

Quick Prediction: Next Wednesday the G-8 leaders will be meeting in Scotland. Look for another group of young people to be protesting there. Protesting what, nobody's really sure. But as always, the protest will become the story, the G-8 leaders will likely accomplish little to nothing, and everyone will go home without anything changing. If aliens are watching us, they must surely be shaking their heads.

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