Reader Says We Don’t Do Enough

Monday, October 22, 2012
Posted in category Just Stuff

I received an email from an LRC reader today. This type of theme is not too common, but I occasionally get these letters. It reads as follows:

The Word of God teaches me it’s foolish and useless to tell a cold and hungry person to go forth, be filled and warm, unless I give them the necessary food and clothing. Same theory applies here.

Most LRC contributors do an outstanding job of relaying another in an endless series of stories about everyday Amerikans getting their butts kicked, but I never notice anyone on LRC actually doing anything at all to HELP these victims of abuse.

The burning question in MY mind is “why not?”

Here is my response to the reader:

You wrote:

“I never notice anyone on LRC actually doing anything at all to HELP these victims of abuse.”

Really? Do you follow us around all day, and watch what we do? Do you have special powers to do this? How do I get those powers?

I’d be glad to establish an organization that works to defend people from the abuses of the state. Then I could really love my occupation. If you’d like to pay my salary, make the appropriate capital investments, and finance my staff, please do let me know. I’d be interested. I could round up some spectacular board members. And I could hire Will Grigg and a few others to help get the organization started.

Please let me know your level of interest as a donor or investor.

Folks may not realize the old adage that “time is money.” My  time spent writing (some of it is unpaid), informing, and responding to and/or helping people who write me is indeed HELP, and it does have a major opportunity cost for me. Same goes for Lew & his crew. I am leveraging my strength, and that is reading, processing, researching, informing, networking, writing, and presentation. Others in the world leverage their strengths to HELP out where they best fit. If you’ve ever watched hospice volunteers with a loved one, you know those folks are doing exactly what they are gifted to do.

Each time someone writes me and says, “I just wanted to say thanks for all you do,” it’s enough to forget these kind of letters.

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3 Responses to Reader Says We Don’t Do Enough

  1. DavidBrennan says:

    October 22nd, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Nevermind setting up any charity organization at this point: LRC and this site both serve already serve that purpose!

    For my end, I can say I have had a slew of huge gains in large part from the info on these sites: (1) I switched to the paleo/Primal diet. This, in turn, lead me to educate many members of my family (and others in conversation), and I can say that it has also been of huge benefit to them. So, right there, the shift from the S.A.D. to healthy foods (now that we know what real healthy foods are), has added energy and decades of quality life to many of the readers. I’m sure that this applies to thousands and thousands of other LRC readers.

    (2) Partly in response to the information conveyed via LRC, I’ve learned that the mainstream media is full of crap. Some people make the mistake of learning that the media is full of shit but they still watch it in order to “stay connected” or whatever. Conversely, as I have realized this….I simply don’t watch TV, read newspapers, or otherwise waste time it any longer. This, then, lead to me suddenly having WAY more time in my life! So, I’ve used this time to learn new crafts, which have lead to my current work (doing computer animation). Now, all of my free time is devoted to work, family, friends, hobbies, etc. This is a much richer and more satisfying allocation of my time.

    Finally, I’ve learned so much more about things like home schooling, the horrors of police abuse, and so many other “alternative” ways of living (articles about underground economies and such), all of which I’m sure either have benefited me or else will benefit me as I get (hopefully) get married and have a family.

    So I literally owe a great deal of thanks to many of the contributors at LRC as well as to Mark Sisson and so many other wonderful people outside of the lying, useless, destructive American media. My life is better because of you guys, there is no question about it.

    Having said that….I understand the reader’s frustration. As much as I enjoy reading Will Grigg’s articles about the latest evils of the police state, when I read three or four of them in a row, a spring of anxiety bursts forth and you want to FIX these unspeakable evils that the police and the state commit. (I would also note that learning of the power and evils of the Zionists at sites like TheOccidentalObserver have also helped enlighten me about the maelstrom of evil in our culture.) Alas, most of us simply don’t have any power to fix things, any more than we have the power to, say, stop some mudslide in Thailand that kills 100 people or a tornado in Oklahoma that kills a dozen.

    Diagnosis is the first step to rehabilitation, though, and many of the “complainers” at LRC can be viewed as just diagnosing the problem, not performing the surgery.

  2. Karen De Coster says:

    October 22nd, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Brennan – I am coming to the conclusion that you are a scrappy, smart badass.

  3. DavidBrennan says:

    October 23rd, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Thanks, Karen!

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