I am talking about the ads that are begging for money. We are begged for money to build wells in which we see children drinking out of muddy pools fouled by animal urine. We see images of young girls sitting miserable whilst waiting for their 12th birthday when they will be forced into a paedophilic marriage, and only our £3 a month can save them. We are watching graphic images of cats, dogs, donkeys all being so cruelly used that it enrages us. Children in our own country being so abused that it makes us feel sick and want to simply shoot the bastards that do it. We see and hear from those that have suffered and survive Cancer, but only if we give up a regular monthly donation. The list goes on and on with no let up through every hour of television watching.
It doesn't help when we hear how much of the money that we have donated never actually reaches the people and projects for which we are donating.
We hear of tools, equipment, and materials being delivered to various 3rd world villages in order to build schools only to have it all sit there rotting for many years because of lack of organisation on the charity's part to actually send people to do the building work.
We hear of some of those helping to fight the ebola virus being paid £1000 a day. We now know that much charity money is actually being filtered off by soldiers, government officials and even rulers of countries. And just how much or our donations goes toward creating these adverts along with the amount of money it must cost for viewing time.
We live in a very cruel world and as individuals simply can't fix it. To be continually forced to see and hear of all this torment destroys the very soul. It drags us down spiritually and mentally. It brings out feelings of anger, impotence and I believe it goes a long way to causing a general depression and glass half empty attitude to life itself.
It may sound harsh but I am finding that being absolutely flooded with charity adverts is actually having an adverse effect. It has started to desensitise me. Whereas I once gave freely, both of my time and money to charity, I no longer feel it is my responsibility.
Perhaps it's about time some sort of restriction should be put on the amount of time each charity is allowed to show adverts on television in the space of a 24 hour period. There are many restrictions put on the smaller charities that collect via tins, including actually not being allowed to verbally ask for money or even shake a tin. Yet other charities are allowed to invade our down time, in our own homes, several times an hour with no restrictions.
In the meantime I will just keep muting, leaving the room, or fast forwarding as many others do.