Utopia does not exist, even in strict Marxist countries there were still leaders who held all the power and wealth and had lanes in the street reserved just for them. There will always be rich and poor, all we can do is try and redistribute it a little more fairly. The current system isn't great, but at least many people try and help. Britain is the biggest charity donator per capita in the world, so we do what we can. Like it or lump it, I don't give a toss, to be honest.
Good on you!
Agree with you 100%, first look after your family and those dear to you. I am lucky in that I have a long career of investing and can now afford to make decent charitable donations without it affecting me or my loved ones, so I do it. I will not lie, it always makes me feel good knowing that I am helping others, but it doesn't assuage any guilt as I don't have any. I decided a while back that I would donate a set percentage, which I now do. Sadly, they don't pay me when I make a loss :)
RE: Calm down!
Completely agree, sort your own country before blowing billions on others. I would like to do your number 3 Brian, i have 2 friends with young children that require surgery to make there life so much better, naturally it can only be done in the USA and cost a fortune, there the people i would love to help!
Confident - filitered
DickDoLittle, I was raised in a central African country and know a lot about sustainable development, and also about how the current financial system works against the poor. So take some reassurance in knowing that ot all on here are ignorant of the complexities and ironies of the situation. The current global corporate hegemony combined with the Fractional Reserve Banking System, and undue corporate influence over Government is a combination of factors that is destined to crash, and crash fairly soon. Happily, new forms of capitalism are emerging, although they face stiff resistance from the usual bunch of dinosaurs.
Confident, dont mean to stir...well maybe a little ;) You dont sound like an ex Director of an International Bank. Maybe the Financial Crisis took its toll on you ;) Are you Fred the Shred? I jest. I do think we are getting hung up on rights and wrongs of the world abit too much today. If I make my target SP here my family and I will not have to worry about anything. Equally it could all go wrong tomorrow, que sera sera. I hope to have a quandry of how much I should donate to charity, for now I am thinking about the villa in the sun until it actually happens. I think most people who would dream of life changing £'s would think of material things rather than who to donate to. Please dont berate me if I am off on the wrong track, not trying to offend anyone GLA
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