The other day, I posted a video and made some comments regarding the Bystander Effect, wherein people sit around waiting for someone else to step up and deal with problems, of one sort or another. Whether it is helping someone with an immediate need, or addressing huge social concerns, too many people spend their time complaining about the issues, or worse, telling other people to do something.
What we need are people who will step up and tackle those problems themselves. Sure, it is good to get support and convince people to join you in your efforts, but do not stop at the complaints. Do not suggest that others need to do all the work.
Over the past few weeks, we have seen Brian Kalfage start a Go Fund Me account to raise money to build the border wall. He has raised somewhere around $20 Million. He also stated that if the goal of $1 Billion was not reached, the money would be refunded. On January 11, he posted to his site, acknowledging that the goal will not be reached, so he is going to honor his word. He does allow donors to choose to not accept the refund, as he has bigger plans in store:
Now, will he really get it all done? I have no idea, but I like his moxy. He goes on to say:
I have been literally overwhelmed and inspired by the outpouring of support, calls, and emails from American citizens who support our efforts to Build the Wall. I got some hate as well but that was easy to ignore with all the positive feedback I was getting. I immediately sought out and consulted with some of our country’s leading professionals in law, politics, national security, construction, and finance. This team has spent countless hours over the holidays reviewing all issues pertaining to the construction of a southern border wall. Unanimously, we have all come to the conclusion that:
-The federal government won’t be able to accept our donations anytime soon.
-We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border.
-Our highly experienced team is highly confident that we can complete significant segments of the wall in less time, and for far less money, than the federal government, while meeting or exceeding all required regulatory, engineering, and environmental specifications.
-Our team strongly believes that we can complete our segments of the wall for less than half of the government’s estimated costs on a per mile basis.
To show the government how “We the People” can get this done, we have formed a Section 501(c)(4) non-profit Florida Corporation named “We Build the Wall, Inc.” to receive the GoFundMe contributions. Our website can be found at www.webuildthewall.us.
Now folks, that is someone who is not suffering from the Bystander Effect. He is stepping up, and I support his efforts. Go forth and do likewise.