Tuesday, December 13, 2005

People Hate People

The gym I belong to is currently running an incentive program where we get to put various candy canes on Christmas trees for every half hour that we work out. There are three colors of candy canes and each color represents a different charity. Red represents the Lake County Haven (a home for battered women), blue represents Small Miracles (a charity for kids with cancer - much like Make-A-Wish) and green represents Kay's Animal Shelter (an animal shelter for animals). Each charity will receive a donation based on the number of candy canes placed on the tree.

I look at those choices and think, "Well, this is certainly a no-brainer. I'll rotate between the dying children and the battered women." You know, because it makes sense that I'd want to help out my fellow humans during the Christmas season. I would think that most people would feel the same way. However, the majority of candy canes on the tree are green.

If you were to witness an accident where a child walking his dog was struck by a car and both the boy and dog were lying on the ground in need of CPR to save their lives, would you administer CPR to the dog first? That is essentially what these people are doing. By placing a green candy cane on the tree you are saying, "Fuck the sick kids and battered women. There's a homeless dog that really needs my help."

Do people hate people that much? Or is the furry cuteness of an animal too much to resist? If you choose to support the animal shelter over the human charities it makes you a bad human being at worst and a cynic at best. Don't try to give me the, "Well, at least the dog won't grow up to be a neo-Nazi or criminal. Animals are innocent." Talk to the family on Chicago's south side who just had their innocent daughter mauled by a pit bull.

On the other hand, if Kay's Animal Shelter puts the majority of these animals to sleep then I'll buy my own bag of green candy canes for the tree.

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