Uncommon Sense

March 21, 2021

Who’s a Humanitarian?

Filed under: Culture,Morality,Politics — Steve Ruis @ 12:33 pm
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I have seen people called “humanitarians.” I know vegetarians are people who eat only vegetables, but I suspect that humanitarians are not people who only eat other people. We already have a name for them. So, what is a humanitarian? What are the qualifications? Can you get advanced degrees in . . . humanitarity?

This, I suspect, is one of those labels rich people apply to themselves as part of the gas lighting of the other 90+% of the population of this country who have the moral failing of not being rich, or even “well-to-do.”

Any rich person who does something generically “good” will have this label slapped on them by the marketing machine of the rich and famous. They will refer to their actions as “humanitarian gestures” and what they did as being in “the best tradition of philanthropy” and whatnot. On the other hand, if you aren’t rich, you have almost zero chance of acquiring this status. This last Christmas I saw an article saying that because of the pandemic, the food banks (Food banks in a rich country!) were struggling to keep their shelves stocked, so I went online and donated $100 to my local food bank. I did it anonymously, which rich people don’t do. If they are going to give away a chunk of change, they want visible credit for doing so. On a global scale I am a “rich American” but in America, I am a retired school teacher, so . . . middle middle-class. That $100 was a significant amount of money to me, being several percent of my monthly income (most of which is committed before I get paid, so a much larger part of my “disposable income”). How does that compare with Jeff Bezos, who apparently has added $637,000,000,000 to his net worth during the pandemic? If he were to give a million dollars to my food bank, that would constitute a significantly smaller fraction of his income that was my contribution. But Mr. Bezos, a twenty-first century Robber Baron, would be labeled a humanitarian and I will never be.

Putting on airs is a college course rich people take, I am convinced. They are better than us, just ask them. They are convinced that their riches are an indicator of their superiority. I think that when these people die, a wall should be put up where people can write what they really thought of those people when they were alive. They and their survivors should know what we really think. I would have to bring multiple pens to label Mr. Bezos.


  1. I think that when these people die, a wall should be put up where people can write what they really thought of those people when they were alive.

    Good idea. I’ve often thought wedding ceremonies shouldn’t be with friends and family, rather 300 complete strangers plucked off the street that very morning. They hear the couples story, ask a few questions, and ultimately decide if they should indeed be legally married.


    Comment by john zande — March 21, 2021 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

    • Ooh, I like that? I am not a fan of marriage in that it has some rather draconian legal ramifications. I would prefer that couples take out a contract to have children, clearly stating their rights and responsibilities and enforceable for the government (for the good of society).

      On Sun, Mar 21, 2021 at 1:58 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 21, 2021 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

    • The next reality tv series. Be sure to get your cut.


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      Comment by shelldigger — March 21, 2021 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

      • Ooooh, great idea. If you’re motivated enough, feel free to run with that ball.


        Comment by john zande — March 21, 2021 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

      • Ooooh, a bunch of fat cats looking to find their own checkbooks, a pen to write the check out, and then having to find notepaper, envelopes and stamps to mail in the donation. First one done wins. (In the late 80’s it was shown that many executives are functionally illiterate, so this could be a great expose. No personal assistants allowed.

        On Sun, Mar 21, 2021 at 3:43 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



        Comment by Steve Ruis — March 22, 2021 @ 10:49 am | Reply

  2. I’m the humanitarian that always stops and helps people who seem to be broke down. There is just something about a hood up that makes me want to stop and figure out how to fix it.

    It’s a curse. But I have helped a lot of people in my day.

    If it’s something that wont be easily fixed, I make sure they can call someone, or give them a ride, or pull em out of the ditch, whatever…

    No one will likely call me a humanitarian, but that’s alright. I sleep good without the moniker.

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    Comment by shelldigger — March 21, 2021 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

    • You aren’t a humanitarian, you are a good person, don’t confuse the two. Many humanitarians are far from being good people. Many of them are so bad I would piss on them even if they weren’t on fire.

      On Sun, Mar 21, 2021 at 3:47 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 22, 2021 @ 10:50 am | Reply

      • Given that distinction I’m glad no one called me a humanitarian… 🙂


        Comment by shelldigger — March 22, 2021 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

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