for a summary, please see my tweet(s)
i will not discuss anything about racism in this post.
my pledge is to donate at least an amount of money the same as my age every year to a worthy cause.
before anyone comes to me with the “well not everyone has that kind of extra cash as you!”, here is the maths.
i am currently 23 years old. next year i will be 24, so let’s take that as an example since the numbers would be round and beautiful.
24 divided by twelve months is just 2 a month. or 0.50 a week.
(please note that i omitted currency symbols since everyone uses a different currency. you may donate 24JPY (about 0.24€ or 0.22$) as you please.)
most of my peers are already working, and i doubt that it’s that hard to save 0.50 of something per week. even for students, it is doable.
for every new year, the amount that you need to save per month is increased by 1 divided by 12 which is about 0.083 per month. it takes a full 12 years for you to have to save an extra one something per month. and don’t tell me your earning capacity will not increase after 12 years. (ok maybe you would actually tell me that and i am sorry)
even if you are 96 years old, you only have to donate 2 per week, 8 per month. well sorry to assume that everyone would have a wealthy retired life but these are just examples. you could of course pay forward during your more able years.
unless your job exclusively focuses on making certain minorities’ lives better or if you volunteer, all talk is not helping in any way. what we can do is offer our time and energy (that does not include being angry on social medias), or something more substantial, like money or other material goods.
for those who don’t have the time and/or energy to help, money would be more practical since it’s hard to know what needs there are.
does everyone have to donate?
no. only do what you can within your capacity.
do i have to tell everyone that i donated?
no, it’s up to you. i can’t find the quote but basically, don’t do something just to tell people about it. be sincere. i posted because i am comfortable about it.
what other worthy causes are there?
tbh, i only know a few mainstreams one, like for refugees, LGBTQA+, climate change movements, orphanages, etc. ok climate change is not a person but you get it.