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I don’t want you to Like me

Social media, and Facebook in particular, is a really bizarre entity when you step back and look at it. It is amazing the power held within the “Like” button, but this week I realised – I don’t want you to Like me.

The “Like” button has so many uses. It may simply be a “yes, I saw this“, especially when you are mentioned in the post or are in a photo.

It could be a “I found this funny“.

My wife uses it as a “I want to remember this for later“.

What is really frightening is how many people view it as “I am socially accepted“.

The next step up is the “I agree with you” and that’s what makes us all feel like we are right. The only problem is that Donald Trump exists because there are enough people hitting “Like” and Facebook is missing the “you absolute moron” button. It doesn’t matter how extreme or how petty your post is, someone is bound to relate to it and hit “like”. 

Which leads to the top level “I support you“. 

This is the point at which someone has seen something on line and thought “that’s great” or “that’s really bad” and something needs to be done about it. And so they hit “Like” and soon there are thousands of Likes and the world is a better place.

Except it isn’t. 

Nothing has changed.  Being aware of an issue is a great thing. Sharing that awareness is a great thing (and please do). It would be awesome if my post went viral (“Tell him he’s dreaming”)

But awareness alone doesn’t change the world.

It’s like the parable of the good Samaritan. That’s the bible story where someone is beaten up and left for dead in a ditch. The first few people past were concerned but had self-justifiable reasons not to help. It wasn’t until a Samaritan (a.k.a. scum of the earth) actually got off his ass (a.k.a. donkey) to help that the guy was better off. 

Which brings me to my point –

I don’t want you to “Like” me.

Last week I put up some posts in regards to fundraising for a charity bike ride I am doing. It’s a great cause – orphans in Thailand. I wrote and published a book (at my expense) to raise funds. Books are only $10 and will give you a laugh (just one!). There’s a raffle option. There’s even just an upfront donation.

Yes, I’m asking for donations for a cause.

And here’s the critical point – I’m asking everyone to get off their ass (donkey)  and help change the lives of these kids. Below I have the 4 ways that you can help me help them. In all 4 cases ALL THE MONEY goes to the kids, it’s just a choice of what you would like in return.

  1. Buy a copy of “Thinking For Yourself” for yourself or as a gift 
  2. Buy raffle tickets to win new kitchen appliances (for yourself and wedding presents)
  3. Make a straight donation either because you want to help orphans
  4. Sponsor me to ride 500km in 5 days

And then I’m asking you to Like it so that others can get onboard. 

But the magical word in that sentence is “then”. That’s “after” you have read, agreed and shown supported. 

It is time to get off our ass (donkey) and make a difference. 

For everyone who did “Like” and shared my post, thank you.  Now can I please encourage you to go the next step and support the kids. 

Dare to share?

There’s people out there who go “damn right, Shane, I’m sick of people hitting Like and not acting”. Well, here’s the post to share.

But wait, there’s the “I don’t want your Likes” and “I want your support”. 

So here we go…share this with others. Hit Like. But as you do so, please do one of the following. Even if it is just a dollar or two…

  1. Buy a copy of “Thinking For Yourself” for yourself or as a gift 
  2. Buy raffle tickets to win new kitchen appliances (for yourself and wedding presents)
  3. Make a straight donation either because you want to help orphans
  4. Sponsor me to ride 500km in 5 days

And you will have made a difference

Imagine if 10,000 people all agreed with this post, and they all donated $1 to back their words. That would be $10,000 and we all know that actions speak louder than words.

Now imagine 10,000 people all donating $100 because they really do act. That’s $1million and that’s a new orphanage and hundreds of lives changed.

Don’t imagine, act now.

 

 

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