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Hello Kitty scandal. (Or, The wealthy and the ridiculous)

February 10, 2010

It never ceases to amaze and confuse me how backwards our society’s values are.  The people who work the machines (both human and mechanical) that drive our nation are constantly on strike for better wages and circumstances.  A highly trained teacher or professor, someone who gives of themselves everyday for the future of this country, makes a pitiable sum per year.  

And yet…

Miley Cyrus is set for billionaire status by the time she reaches 18.

This overleaps the lines of fairness and reaches towards the grotesque. 

 Imagine how much a thoughtful, knowing person could do with $1 billion.  Just imagine the possibilities for a moment. 

And then know what that money is actually getting spent on.

Do you know how that money will actually be spent?  Of course you do, the television is full of trashy news networks that seem resolved to rub their wastefulness in our faces.  That money will buy our dear Ms. Cyrus ridiculously overpriced Hello Kitty necklaces, dresses made of pure gold, tour busses that are nicer than most people’s houses, and pretty much any other ridiculous thing she can think of. 

Oh, what someone with even a flash of intelligence could do with that money.  Shelters for the disenfranchised, food and clean water, the means to sustain themselves, paid workers sent in for assistance, medicine and paid doctors to administer it.  Or, if the concerns are more local, improving schools that only get crappy government funding, bringing books to the poor, supporting after school programs that lower crime rates, creating jobs, rebuilding dilapidated communities, scholarship money for people who want to get an education.

That took me five minutes.  And not once did the words “hello kitty” escape my fingers.

There are exceptions, like Angelina Jolie and others that reach out to the world to help make it better.  I admire those people for having enough sense of community to actually think of someone else’s well being. 

Unfortunately those are the exceptions, and not contributors to the rule, and our society continues to run a ridiculous, inefficient, unbalanced machine of economical distribution.

So here’s my question:  What can we do about this?  Or is it hopeless?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2010 3:07 am

    it is never hopeless.

  2. Jenna permalink
    February 12, 2010 5:57 pm

    I would just like to say that that picture of Miley Cyrus is… interesting. Since we’ve had this conversation before, I will just say that there are more people reaching out to make a difference, they just don’t get as much attention (especially if they’re not rich themselves).

    Speaking of which, enjoy your volunteering at Heifer. (:

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