Charity TV shows, Philanthropy or Persecuting?
Thailand, the land where it full of Buddhists abides by the teaching that Giving is the luckiest fortune. So TV producer embrace this teaching and put it on the TV show.
There is one tv show here in Thailand that have a poor person as a guest and have him talk about his very rough life and how much debt does he has — then judges will analyze his problem and suggest him to do this and that or even condemn him. At the end they will make a decision on should they give the guest money to pay his debt ?
In some cases where the judges can’t make a decision on who should they give money, they have the guests play a game based on there ‘luck’ .
My question is ‘ Is it correct that you all judge other people’s problems? And suggest them things that look easy for you’
First of all, having people tell their life stories, what they have been through or what did they do to make them alive day by day , to make others sympathize and said that ‘You’ve flight a lot i really appreciates ’ and romanticize their lifestyle but the truth is they just do everything to SURVIVE in this inequality country with elites people who are not really seem to understand the real problem and pretend to do good for those people who are lower than them with deep contempt.
They have to sell tears in exchange for money. But never having any department come in to find a way to help those people at all.
Giving suggestion that won’t solve anything at all
Okay , the suggestion to the problem for the guests seem to be useful and better than give them money by letting them earn what they need by their own ability so that they will be so proud of themselves, as like the teachings of the Buddha ‘He is his refuge.’ Consider the position of the one who give suggestions ,they might seem rational but the fact is they just talk with words and live with luxury comfortable life through their mouth ,it is easy .They don’t have the same experiences as the guests .Some suggestion they suggest the guests to do it is hard to do with their capabilities in money ,for example, travel expenses and internet access.
Just when we can judge people’s problem ?
Of course, every guest can not all get the money. Because the budget is limited ,besides, easily giving something for free will make people everywhere flock to come out to the show. So it have to be a judgment on each of the guests life . The truths is everyone’s problems are different. You see that this is just a little problem, easily resolved. But for them, it is bigger than anything. The result is when they do not get their money back , it make them feel inferior .There may be a short courage after receiving advice from the show .But after that, it’s difficult and they can not do what the judges have told ,they will become more discouraged. People do not have any right to judge other .
For the impact on the audience
For the impact on the audience is some of them may have this thought ‘Although we are not much better than him , luckily we are not like him’ —this idea aside from romanticize their life,it also an insult to the lives of others as well .
The cause of all this is the foundation of society and the administrative management of the government is ineffective so that people do not have universal access to basic welfare that necessary for living in this era such as to give everyone access to the internet and receive an equal education so that they will have enough information to make the right decision for their life . And the one that respond to the struggles is the government itself.
My suggestion would be put all those budget for the show to donate to the organization that have an action plan or can legitimately help those people instead. Or produce a TV show that give some encouragement will cause more help in a wider range.