The challenge of my life is to find out how far I can take it
~ Red Bull Commercial
Documentaries anger me, but my thirst for knowledge continues to lure me back. I remember an August evening watching ‘Blue Gold’ with my pseudo sister, Vanessa. My outrage was clear by the steam protruding from my nostrils and ears. I skyped Baby, my brother, and started a dialogue about how I could help. What could we do?
I made it my mission to help others. To meet as many people as humanly possible to create a network of positive, forward thinking individuals. This belief was part of the genesis of Project Carpe Diem, learn as much as possible while meeting people who could enrich my life. Thus far, the Project is a year old and things are steadily being snapped into place. I promised myself to positively use the outrage from the film to make a huge difference.
It took several months to come up with a plan, but in the end I formulated something practical. A plan that could be employed by any individual. Remember that if you’re making more than $2/day, you’re in the top 3% of the richest people on the planet. That’s a fact. I decided to not use anymore coins and save all of it in a Ragu bottle. When the jar was filled, I would empty the contents and donate it to a charity. I had some reservations about publicly stated what charity I was supporting because it should be private. I decided to shed light on it because it’s worthy of exposure.
Ryan’s Well Foundation is an unbelievable initiative set up to help get clean water to people in need. I’ll give you a little background info about Ryan.
When I first saw Ryan’s commitment and compassion for others less fortunate than him, I was flabbergasted that a child could feel so strongly about an issue so great. If a child could champion such a task, what is preventing us from donating passive income to any cause?
I could elaborate on the what it means to control people’s water supply, but I won’t. I’ll just say this, water like land doesn’t belong to any individual, nation or corporate entity. The fact that bottled water has become such a profitable business is just asinine. Water is free! Furthermore, water is not a tangible asset. Water belongs to no one, it’s like bottling oxygen and offering it to the masses (who can afford it). The realization that clean water isn’t available to every person in this world sickens me beyond measure. Some people spend an entire pay cheque just for a pitcher of clean water. Tell me that isn’t absurd?
I hope my nieces and nephew champion such ambitious tasks and feel compassion for others. I will continue to not use coins for the entirety of my life.
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