The Harlem Shake of the summer is without any doubt the ALS Challenge, With all the celebrities, athletes and even politicians doing the challenge, it has become viral not only all over the US, but all over the world. So i’ve done a little research about the ALS disease and even though the ALS association gained a lot of donations thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, i feel like 80% of the people doing the challenge have no idea whatsoever about the disease, the charity, the awareness, the goal… they end up doing it to feel good about themselves, have summer fun and look cool on the video so they can post it on all sorts of social networks. What i really can’t understand is this rule: You do the challenge and tag someone, and that’s it you don’t research the disease or the association, you don’t donate, you don’t volunteer, but if you don’t you take this way out to avoid giving money to charity, you have to donate to the association within the next 24 hours. Yes ‘penalized’, so the others who did the challenge are winners and look cool and all of that because they waste a bucket of water and get soaked. Why is the loser the one who donates money? Why isn’t the first rule: don’t copy on celebrities just because they look cool, know what the hell ALS means and donate something (anything!) before you start feeling good about yourself while you did ABSOLUTELY nothing useful or impressing during the video. Dumping cold water over your head, tagging a friend and still trying to look sexy isn’t going to cure the Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease, it’s not going to help the ALS foundation and definitely not turn you into someone who fights for causes. It makes you dumb, and you get to win the Asshole of the year award by wasting clean water while some people are fighting in the world just to have access to dirtier water, if you at least give a donation, i think we could ignore the fact you’re an ecological disaster. So please, please, next ALS Ice Bucket Challenger: Donate before getting wet. And for everyone a little smarter than this circus: donate to charity without the need of being tagged to do it and following the trend, donate because you care, if you can’t give money give your time, energy or skills, volunteer, a simple action can change so much around you.
I want to give a huge shoutout to my friend, Anis, he’s incredibly talented and i think you should check his last song out! The song is called Different, composed by Mourad L (another incredibly talented friend), produced and mixed by Rocky & Rudi, and the Artwork is by Amara. I fell in love with the rythm, it’s absolutely to die for!
Technically, August 19 is Earth Overshoot Day 2014, marking the date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year.
“If we continue on the course estimated by moderate United Nations projections for increasing population and consumption, Global Footprint Network data show that we would need the capacity of three Earths to keep up with our level of demand before mid-century. Whether such continued levels of overuse are physically possible is highly uncertain.
Staying on this course would put the well-being of many of the planet’s residents increasingly at risk!”
You can read about this here, and here.
It’s heart breaking knowing that someone you admired for so many years and who had an incredible influence on your childhood (Mrs Doubtfire anyone?) ended his days due to depression. But what’s ever more heart breaking is how we don’t expect the most successful people to suffer from suicidal ideas, to struggle with themselves, and i think that’s the error: we mix between being wealthy, and being happy. This death made me think about all the people i consciously never ask how they’re doing because i suppose they’re content and happy, while maybe they’re dying on the inside and are in desesperate need of a shoulder to support them or just a friend to talk to. Sometimes, little gestures we can do can make someone’s day, asking how they’re doing, giving them a call or even a text, paying a visit, buying them a gift or a small present… If you think your friend, parent, family member or even neighbour is struggling with depression please, please, take the time to acknowledge his disease, because it’s not ‘just a phase’, because these people are at their lowest point and need someone, anything that could help them get back on their feet.
Apart from this, i would like to also give a thought to all the kids, women and men dying in Palestine, in Iraq, Syria. To all the people dying of hunger in some countries. To homeless people, to abandonned kids, to the victims of crimes, rapes and injustice. I would love to invite each one of my readers to think about all these people, not just one celebrity. If you can cheer a friend up, do it. If you can give to the poor, do it. If you can smile to a random stranger in the street, do it. If you can help someone out without asking for something in return, do it. Let’s all make sure we live our lives with no regrets, because Robin Williams, and all the people dying in the world, could be someone we know, someone we could’ve helped stay a little longer.