February 15, 2005 07:57 PM PST
I normally don't watch MTV, but I came across the best video I've seen in a long time. It's appropriate that I was in Vancouver, CAN since that's where Sarah McLachlan is from. This video shows all the alternate ways she spent the typical costs of a video on projects around the world, and instead spend $15 on the video. I felt bad for thinking "her makeup alone cost more than $15", but the important thing is that she took a song and a ridiculous television station and managed to get people to think about small ways they can help. The real impact isn't just the $150K she gave away - but the mindshare of the people this 3 minute video reached.
You may not ever donate to charity projects and then feel guilty about it when you see this kind of reminder (just like when you sheepishly answer the dentist's question about flossing). But don't feel too guilty about your huge salary or comparitively trivial tech expenditures. The lyric "Fortune in one - that means less for some" is not entirely accurate. The amount of wealth in the world is not fixed. You generate wealth greater than what you are compensated for, this is basic to capitalism. So the work you do on a daily basis IS helping to lift the world up.
It is, right? How?
(This video does require Quicktime to play, which in-turn forces an iTunes download on Windows, but it's worth it.)