That’s what a friend of mine and I used to say to each other when we (yet again) were disappointed by the words and actions of our peers when we were growing up.
As you grow older, you move away from those people who disappointed you, you educate yourself, you hope that the world you encounter is better than the one that turned you off. But sometimes, humanity’s suckitude can be overwhelming.
Telecoms who own a significant chunk of the available Canadian spectrum whine about how they will be unable to compete if the last remaining available bandwidth is tipped a little bit more towards newcomers rather than incumbents while gouging you for unbelievable prices for your cellphone, cable television and internet. Pipelines spill, polluting once pristine environments and endangering lives and habitats of plants, animals, and humans.
And children living in poverty and abusive environments, unable to participate in activities and receive positive feedback like some of the middle-class kids they go to school with just because they can’t afford to live like they do. Sometimes these kids just barely survive, with parents spending any money they have on drug and alcohol instead of food and clothing and possibly abusing their own kids while they are at it. Put yourself in the shoes of those kids, and you can understand how it can take all of their processing power just to get through a day, nevermind worrying about doing their math and reading homework.
When you grow up in a world like this, it’s hard not to think that the world sucks. It’s easy to fall off the path and into despair, addiction, and crime.
So it’s heartening to see a charity like Christie Lake Kids in action. It identifies and reaches out to at-risk kids growing up in rough neighborhoods and provides them with a summer camp experience which includes swimming lessons, canoeing, camping, arts and crafts, rock-climbing, a variety of sports, and general overall self-esteem and confidence building.
One of my aunts is a board member of Christie Lake Kids and she invited me out on August 7th to participate in a donor’s tour of the camp. I brought along my camera and voluntarily took pictures that will likely end up on their website, put into newsletters, and boost their presentations.