Sunday, November 23, 2008

I need Africa more than Africa needs me

I was asked by Mocha Club to write about the concept of why ‘I need Africa more than Africa needs me.' Mocha Club (www.mochaclub.org)is a community-based website where members can start a team and invite friends to join them in giving $7 a month – the cost of 2 mochas – to support a project in Africa. Mocha Club's vision is to provide a way for people who don't have hundreds or thousands of dollars to make a difference in Africa.

So when I say 'I need Africa more than Africa needs me' really pushes me to think about how much I need to change some things in my life. To be honest I don’t even drink coffee and I wouldn’t know a mocha if I tasted it. But I do know what is like to have 7 dollars that I could stop spending somewhere else and give it to other people. But here is the issue: I don’t know how much I care about other people. I do know one thing: I want to love people more than I do today. I want my family to make changes that can impact the world. I want us to live in a way that is counter cultural, which to me means leveraging all that we have for the good of others.

Maybe you would be so kind and share your thoughts in my comments, and even blog about it yourself. Join in the worthwhile cause of recasting the damaging images that force pity over partnership. Come back Dec 1st to see what Mocha Club is doing about reforming that image.

6 comments:

AnnieBlogs said...

Thanks, Aaron. That's awesome. My post will be up in the morning.

Ryan Kennedy said...

Pity over partnership...
that brings so many people to give and go to Africa that it's sickening. I was guilty.

Do not pity the poor. Pity those who are too blinded by riches to see that it is they that are poor.

Aaron said...

Ryan: the hardest thing for me is being ok that sometime it has to start with pity. miss you bro. Can't wait to see you when you get back.

Ryan Kennedy said...

I would think that It has to start with compassion always, which, is a very different thing than pity. Pity induces a poisoning sense of superiority, whether we recognize it or not.

Aaron said...

i hope/wish it started with compassion, and sometimes it does. your right on with your description of pity and compassion. i feel like so many people really do think they are better than the poor.

janflocor said...

ryan- i think this project is trying to emphasis partnership over pity. That's what I got out of what I read on their site. I do pity the ones who do not see the true riches in life, but they need our compassion too.