For Giving Tuesday, Make Your Ideal World Come True

A mural on an outside wall with stylized painting of hands, outstreched facing upwards and cupped, as if ready to receive help.
Photo by Tim Mossholder.

Today is Giving Tuesday.

It's supposed to be the antidote to the consumerist scrabble of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday (all of which have morphed into "Black Friday" sales that start a week before Thanksgiving and last into December, because what is time, really?)

Something tells me that a lot more people throw their money at the sales than the charities, but hey, it probably still motivates some giving.

It's also a good day to consider what kind of world you want to live in. Do you want to live in a world where orphans are cared for? Where the environment is honoured and protected? Where animals are shown respect and love? Where art is vibrant and all around you? Where the poor have, at the very least, their basic needs met? Where people repair and reuse their things instead of throwing them out?

There are already charities or community groups working on pretty much every cause you can imagine. (It's kind of like the internet's rule of porn, but for making the world a better place.)

You can also contribute to making your imagined utopia a reality, and it's actually pretty easy: volunteer and/or donate.

Maybe you have the capacity to do both. Maybe you are only able to manage one or the other.

Either way, it's pretty cool that we are actually capable of helping make our ideal world come true.

So maybe today, let's think about what kind of world we want to live in, and then help make it come true.

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