Love not Haiti

This is all very interesting. When it comes to natural disasters, it appears the US and the UK have the least generous people adding up to us being the least giving as countries.
What are we supposed to think about that? I sense that fucker Mr Relativity rearing its whiney head…so is it true?

For starters, its not about distance to disaster; a swift glance at that graph will show that some of the furthest away countries were practically emptying their pockets, whilst some of the closest were probably slipping change from the tin. The fact that the US gave less than Canada (in terms of GDP and the massive $amount per person) highlights this with a big yellow Sharpie.
An equally impressive and easily readable graph to show the comparable levels of compassion, would probably leave us with a worldwide tie-break. Everyone cares, so why do we give less money?
To be honest, the list of factors is huge, but I think my point is desensitization. The fact that both the UK and the US are right at the bottom of the pile says a lot. The largest powers in the world giving the least amount of cash (GDP)?

The last ten years have been fraught with human collision, terrorism hasn’t helped anything, and whilst it would be unfair to say that the UK and the US have suffered the most with relation to casualties (there’s probably a fucking car bomb going off in Baghdad as we speak), the dent to international pride and the removal of “We’re safe over here” has produced a savage and unstable ripple in the collective subconscious. Its as if we’ve all stopped and gone “Shiiiit, bad stuff is happening everywhere; its happening here!”, and with shifty eyes only slowly reach into our pockets to give aid to what now seems like an all too common tragedy.
This logic may seem peculiar; surely you would think that exposure to awfulness would produce more understanding, spark some higher desire to help with increased clarity of comparison. I just don’t think its that simple. The school bully holds his reign as the most scary and untouchable chump in the playground, but it just takes one dweeb to step up and the bully loses his soap box; de-sashed and humanized he can only join the ranks of the regular kids at the bottom of the pile. Terrorist attacks on the UK and the US have been somewhat similar to a schoolyard revolt (only with more death), and I think we’re beginning the back down.

So giving money to disasters? Yeah, we’ll still give, but we’re in a period where we’re less likely to be reaching deep thanks to the knowledge of our own vulnerability. We might not be so prone to ridiculously savage earthquakes or hurricanes or Godzilla in the UK, but some twat with a bomb is just around the corner ready to blow my Gregg’s Cheese and Onion Pasty straight outta my mittens, and I might need that quid to get another one.

This is just an attempt to understand the info from the graph, in no way am I suggesting the British or the Yanks are selfish or emotionless holes (although I have met a few of these); in fact I know some of the most generous and loving people from both sides of the pond. I think, in the end, there is a whole host of factors that would need muchos study, so the best bet is to sack off an attempt at understanding anything and just go give a fiver.

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