After looking at a couple sites asking for donations to the relief fund, I
have to say that I would feel more comfortable donating (and be more likely to
do so) if I knew how high the medical bills are and could see how close the goal
is to achievement -- and that the recipients get the money. Otherwise the
request is rather opaque to those of us who don't know anyone involved
If this sounds cynical, that's not how I mean it. It's just that
I wish skepticism were more widespread when it came to financial transactions in
our society. Instead, P.T. Barnum's dictum remains as relevant today as ever,
and we thus get property bubbles, phishing and bilked consumers crying for more
state regulation "for our own protection."
All those posts Megan wrote using high-minded theories to justify her lack of empathy for others are now bearing their fruit. The poster worries that the money will be misused, misappropriated, or enjoyed, perhaps. In other words, he has no sympathy for the victim, and no desire to donate any money. He justifies himself with blather about opacity, regulation and theft, but he really just doesn't care.
How many posts has Megan written that say the exact same thing about other unfortunates, one illness, accident or firing away from serious economic disaster? How many times has she justified indifference and callousness? Now she asks others to do what she's always dismissed, and naturally some of her fans give her back a bit of her own.
He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.
UPDATE: The same commenter posts again in a different tone, saying he'll donate.