"There is no wealth but life"

Posted 25 Jan 2002 at 22:03 UTC by sye Share This

"I believe that I discovered some of my deepest convictions reflecting on this great book of Ruskin's (Unto This Last), and this is why the book so captured me and made me transform my life." - Ghandi

I sent $25 to PlaygroundsForPalestine , a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building playgrounds and recreation areas for Palestinian children living under military occupation.

This is my first time of making a charitable donation without ever being asked for it. By pure chance, I got this name Susan Abulhawa on the internet when i was looking for some housing alternatives.

Out of my own curiosity plus my searchful means, I get to know quite a bit about Susan Abulhawa and this PlaygroundsforPalestine project she founded not long before Sept. 11. I sent her an all-out admiration email. To my surprise, she replied, at one time, by this short one with a subject 'Fan Mail':

wanted to share a piece of my fan mail with you...

Dear Ms. Abulhawa

You are an anti-Semitic piece of trash. I hope you die and go to hell with all the other +Arab terrorists. Also while you are at it get a nose job. You are starting to look like +a Jew and we wouldn't want that. Ha ha ha.


P.S. Excuse me!
Where are you sources you dirty bitch?

I replied to Susan Abulhawa again with my ardent support and a $25 donation to her PFP through PayPal. She thanked me profusely for my donation.

My correspondence with Susan Albulhawa put me into my own reflection on the meaning of life , especially, every morning, during long commute to work, listening endlessly to NPR's news report on Enron scandels, distribution of funds to families of Sept. 11 victims, homeland security budget, international relief funds to Afghanistan. My $25, how feeble is that amount compare to those amounts in the news? Yet, by giving this $25, i can hold on to my own interpretation and understanding of current upheavals of hope out of deep despairation.

My thoughts always come back to John Ruskin's famous quote "There is no wealth but life". When we earn our living, engage ourselves fully in productive cycles of our own micro-, macro economy and secure our ways of life even more through political, military force, how many of us still desire to be reminded that "There is no wealth but life" ?

The One True Meaning of Life?, posted 26 Jan 2002 at 14:45 UTC by tk » (Observer)

Just a random thought: Different people have different views on the meaning of life. Some believe that they should live their lives trying to conquer the world; some think that having a peaceful existence is the best thing to do; yet others insist that there are certain things which are more important than even life itself (such as freedom, honour, ...).

money as only a token of communication..., posted 28 Jan 2002 at 22:08 UTC by sye » (Journeyer)

just make a link here on compiler's idea of "Philanthropic Software Development". I agree that giving money feels very hollow. Personally, i regard it just as a token when i can't find any other protocol more suitable at a particular moment to express my sympathy to those pursuit by charitable organization.

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