Friday, August 22, 2014
Why the wet-blanket on the ALS Ice Bucket challenge?
Several social media sites have similar images, as the one above. What's up with the hashtag: #NoIceBucketChallenge?
My wife accepted the #ALS ice bucket challenge, and "called out" a few of her friends. I've been called out a few times, and though you are supposed to do the challenge in 24 hours, I'm sure I will, but I have twist I want to add.
BTW, I don't feel any responsibility to defend or critique the ALS challenge, but I find it interesting that people are upset about it (what do you think is the reason behind the naysaying?). I think people dislike the ALS challenge because THEY THINK it's too easy or a bandwagon thing and it's a distraction from some of the other world problems we have going on, like the recent riots in Ferguson MO, Putin's activity in the Ukraine, the war in the Gaza strip, or journalists being beheaded.
If my assumptions are accurate, then the people who are upset about the ALS challenge are narrow minded -- in the sense that they forget the world will always have problems and it's hard to focus on them all or highlight them all at once. I like the saying, "Do for one where you can, what you wish you could do for the many." If we only focused on patching up "all or none" then nothing would ever be better...
As for my twist, I think I'll wait till the middle of this winter to do the ice bucket challenge. I think this for two reasons. By this winter I think a lot of people will be on to something else and it will be a good reminder. Secondly, it will remind me of the polar bear plunge.