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World on Fire


February 15, 2005 07:57 PM PST

world on fireI 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.)
Comments (4)

Paul, February 15, 2005 11:40 PM:

Well, everyone could and probably should be donating more. The real crime, amongst all the truly horrible things going on right now, is the AIDS epidemic in Africa... see for more details. It is going to wipe out a huge chunck of their working population which will in turn devastate their economy further. Extremism grows in countries where people have no hope...

Sniffy, February 16, 2005 09:55 AM:

Actually, Sarah MacLachlan is from Halifax, Nova Scotia. But as someone who also came from the east to live in the West, I can certainly understand why she would call Vancouver home now.

I saw Sarah play in my hometown, Hamilton, Ontario, back when she was just 18 years old: about 15 years ago. Her star was definitely rising at that time. I also saw her play at the (snicker) Lilith Fair in Vancouver back in 1999. It wasn't nearly as exhilirating to see her then, since her career and her musical ability had somewhat reached a plateau.

Sniffy, February 16, 2005 09:56 AM:

Oh, and she looks pretty hot in that video, eh?

J, February 16, 2005 10:40 AM:

If you're into bare feet and pink lips, then I'd say so! Yeah, I should have said "lives in Vancouver"

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