I didn’t go to Live 8 this past weekend. I didn’t watch it on television. To me, it was pathetic. Their purpose, at it’s heart, was good. But good intentions only pave the highway to hell. Or in this case, poverty and AIDS in Africa.
I’ll be honest. I was wary and suspicious from the very beginning about all these millionaires getting together. When I heard it was for a charitable cause, I was interested. But then I began to think about it and began to read about it just a little bit more. This concert was not to raise money for starving children in Africa. It was not put on to save the lives of countless people in Africa who have AIDS. There are 24.5 million people in the sub-Saharan world that have this disease. But this gradiose concert bash was not about finding a cure for that disease or for developing ways to prevent the spread of the disease. No, this concert was meant to spur me and you to write letters to our legislators and ask them to send money to Africa. The United States already sends $4.3 billion dollars to Africa. That’s right. In 2004, the USA sent $4.3 billion dollars to Africa. But Paul McCartney wants you to send more.
Germany has already rejected doubling their aid to Africa but the United States is already pledging to double their aid by 2010. The United States and Europe are both subsidizing African crops as well. It’s truly ridiculous that all this money, aid, and food that is sent there is not making a difference. But we continue to send more. Why? Why do we continue to throw money at something that is not working?
It would not be right to forget about Africa and hope that they somehow figure out a way to stop the epidemic of AIDS and to also grow enough food for themselves to eat. No, as a nation of plenty and of excess, we should look to assist those in need. However, just dumping billions of dollars on their doorstep and looking the other way while this money pays bribes, funds unplanned projects, and corrupts the government structure shows even less compassion. It’s time we were wise with the way we dole out our aid.
Africa should be looking to increase its world exports and decrease its dependence on foreign nations. The individual nation and the continent as a whole will never thrive if the cord is not cut. Each African must find that desire. But there are daunting problems with civil war, AIDS, disease, and famine. But to these problems, there are solutions. To curb AIDS, Africans must stop having sex with more than one person. That’s all. Abstinence until monogamous marriage. That will stop the spread of AIDS. Next, stop killing each other. Find civilized ways of resolving problems instead of declaring genocide on an entire group of people. Finally, spend the time that was previously spent on having unprotected sex with mulitple partners and killing other Africans on improving the infrastructure and growing food.
For some reason, they haven’t figured out this simple plan to success. Apparently, billions of dollars of foreign aid didn’t lead them to this solution either. Perhaps it’s time that the aid went elsewhere or is distributed in a different fashion by those who think my outlined plan is a highway to freedom. Orgainizations like World Relief think like this. So instead of writing a letter to my Senator, I think I’ll just write a check to World Relief or an organization like them. And then I’ll hope that Snoop Dogg will go back to making music that I don’t listen to like “Let’s Get Blown” from his latest release. The lyrics go something like this:
I’ve been looking at you, from the corner of my eyes
Checking out your hips, lips, tits and your thighs
I’ve been wanting to do you, for a mighty long time
You make a pimp wanna sing I – I – I
We’ll head to the hills, your dreams I’ll fulfill
We could do it how you want, cause I’m oh so real
Tell me you, naw I won’t squeal
You wit Da Big Bo$$ Dogg so seal the deal
Pharrell got the Babyface and Snoop got the Whip Appeal, so name the place
This love I bring to you, on the real baby girl
Won’t you do me a favor and sing for Snoop
You know you want some more girl, so come on
Let’s get blown.. let’s get blown..
Yes, I’m glad that he’s trying interested in foreign policy. But somehow, I don’t think he’s going to get the job done for Africa or “seal the deal”.