A friend of mine posted something on Twitter today that kind of bothered me. It seems that her office is doing a “save the dogs” campaign and she’s made it known that she is actively NOT going to participate since it excludes cats.
This has me a bit confused.
I randomly donate money and time to causes that present the chance to do good in the world. I remember donating to help alligators once. Alligators. Seriously.
If I choose to NOT support something, it’s not due to the lack of inclusion of another element directly relevant to the idealism. I do it by choice. I didn’t choose to NOT donate to alligators because it doesn’t include OTHER animals… like crocodiles. Doing good is just that: doing good. Finding the negative in doing good based on exclusion’s sake is, well, negative.
The immediately analogy I came up with was this: do people who support research into breast cancer not support research to into OTHER cancers? What about starving children? Should I not donate to a local food shelter because it doesn’t include children from OTHER countries?
It just seems odd to me, I guess. That said, I’d support kitty cats (and have in the past) even thought I’m a dog person. Helping others is just good Karma. (Double joke here for outsiders… my dog’s name is Karma.)