24 September 2006

How far can Make-a-Wish go?

My family has reservations about the Make-a-Wish Foundation. My mother is upset that they arranged a hunting trip for a kid (she is an animal lover). Me? I can't really pin my gripes down. I guess I just hate that MAW has (perhaps accidentally) helped cause our society to think we are heartless for not giving a terminally ill kid their last wish. I just hate the whole idea of entitlement, and even worse, I hate the idea of seeing huge promises wind up going unfulfilled, causing an even more undeserved letdown. I mean, there has to be certain instances where MAW has failed to be able to execute its well-intended plans for a certain kid.

Enter Barry Bonds. Some kid in Iowa wanted to see someone else punch him in the gonads.

“Why do I hate Barry Bonds? There’s no specific reason. I just think he’s a dick,” said Wickman. “He’s so conceited and he thinks he’s better than everyone else and he’s sits there in that stupid reclining chair in the clubhouse like he’s the king of the world or something. Having this disease really sucks, but I swear I’ll die happy if someone punches Barry in the nuts. It’s easy. All they have to do is get a press pass to go into the Giants locker room after a game, pretend they're a reporter, and give him a couple quick punches. That’s all it takes to really hurt someone. Is that too much to ask, Mr. Hopkinton? Don’t you want to make a dying boy happy?”

http://www.thebrushback.com/Archives/barrybonds_full.htm

If I were a terminally ill kid, I would hope I'd have the heart to refuse MAW's services (though I concede that I wasn't all that mature). I'm really not sure they are as necessary for a kid's wellbeing as they are for the good samaritan's ego. MAW, at the very least, needs to grow some cajones and unapologetically say no to certain requests. And quite frankly, the parents need to first. Nobody has any right to hostility without backing it up. In this case, no one has done so.

69 Comments:

Blogger Beast1624 said...

You tell 'em, brother!!

25/9/06 02:48  
Blogger Cory said...

Sweet! Another insomniac? And one who hasn't threatened to report this post to Blogger?

w00t!!!

25/9/06 03:25  
Blogger Laura said...

Heheheh.

I've never had a problem with MAW or any charity. I do know they have a lot of - too much - red tape involved. But that aside I agree with you about entitlement. That is a dangerous and unfortunately increasingly common attitude.

27/9/06 11:44  
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Hmmmm. If one thinks about it a certain way, that red tape is probably good.

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