[Question] What good are you doing today?

I re­ally feel at home in­side the EA Fo­rum, and so I feel com­fortable ad­mit­ting I am anx­ious that I’m not do­ing enough good. To­day, I got con­fir­ma­tion that I will be a paid par­ti­ci­pant in a clini­cal re­search trial in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. I plan to donate the 2500$ to Part­ners in Health Sierra Leone af­ter be­ing in­spired by John Green’s re­cent vlog­broth­ers video. As good as this is, I want to get more peo­ple in­volved. Most of my friends, fam­ily and busi­ness as­so­ci­ates don’t see the name­less, face­less peo­ple des­per­ate for sup­port, but I go to sleep and wake up think­ing about them. The 16000 who died to­day from malnu­tri­tion and as many will die to­mor­row from malnu­tri­tion alone. I can’t stop think­ing about what the clinic re­cep­tion­ist said when I told them my plans. The re­cep­tion­ist said, “No one’s donated their money be­fore.” That was shock­ing to hear. Aside from the po­ten­tial to ask the re­cep­tion­ist for money for my unique act of hero­ism (haha), I am a bit deflated al­tru­ism is the ex­cep­tion. I think if there’s any plat­form to make al­tru­ism the stan­dard, it would be here. So, I hope I’ve in­spired you to think out­side the box with how you can do more good!

Most days I just pick up rub­bish while I walk. To­day I have been for­tu­nate that af­ter 3 years on a wait­ing list I fi­nally got ac­cepted into a paid clini­cal trial (it seems clini­cal trails want woman be­tween 20-35 most in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia). That’s an as­sured 2500$ for a wor­thy char­ity. But to­mor­row I will just do an­other small act of good and send a char­ity a thank you mes­sage for be­ing a pos­i­tive part of the world or reach out to a jour­nal­ist to ask if they might do a story for the char­ity (some have said yes and then got­ten the char­ity some great pub­lic­ity). What good can you do to­day?

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