Thanks Palchi for your support
Chris, first of all, i want to applaud your efforts to help by donating to several organizations engaged in relief
I think some of what is bothering me is not just that people have not posted saying they were donating, but it doesn't seem to be a topic for discussion or even viewing. For example, although it is constantly changing, as i write this entry there are 97 views of this thread (and quite a few have been from me) compared to 182 times the Amy Winehorse thread has been viewed. The Winehorse thread has almost double viewing and it was started a day and a half AFTER this thread. Now, I can chalk that up to several things, but it does give me pause to wonder about priorities and interest, even among a group of Buddhists.
Not only did i post this thread, i sent out emails to friends and family. My 2 replies were from my Zen teacher and a long-time Buddhist friend from the UK who has already been donating to the relief effort. I also brought up this situation in the chat room and found a general lack of interest in more than an analytical way. I challenged people to at least read the thread and to read the links and try to do one thing, no matter how small, to help, but no one seemed that interested.
This brings me to Kim's point, "Let's pull the arrow out before we go in search of the bowman." This certainly is in line with Buddhist's teachings. Although i think it is important to think about and discuss the causes and conditions that lead to famine, hunger, and poverty as David and alfa suggest, it should not come before or at the expense of pulling the arrow out
I won't do it, but i can't help wondering about the replies one would get if a thread was started about the reason why people care more about Amy Winehouse than millions of people starving in Africa.