Earlier this week, I published a blog post asking the question, Is the ice bucket challenge going too far? (I wrote this post at the same time I wrote that one.)
As I stated in that post, I wonder if anyone is really learning much about ALS at all while they watch friends and family dump ice cold water on themselves.
I also questioned why we want to draw attention to ourselves when we do a good deed or how this sort of behavior will impact our children as they watch and sometimes even participate in these acts that show no real connection to the cause behind the craze.
Time may be better spent giving of ourselves by helping caregivers caring for those in need. Give them a break or help individuals in crisis ourselves, rather than tape ourselves dumping water on our heads.
Although I still wish that we could get back to place of intrinsic motivation to carry out good deeds and do what’s right just for the sake of doing it, I don’t know that everyone feels the same.
Today I’m going to defend the #icebucketchallenge trend that continues to spread far and wide through various social media outlets.
When people see what their friends are doing and how much fun they’re having while doing it, they oftentimes want a piece of the action. They want to be a part of something larger. We see this with The Mud Run and The Color Run, where we witness people simply competing to challenge themselves or running to celebrate healthiness and happiness.
Something like the ice bucket challenge may push a less likely contributor to step forward and donate to a good cause.
What’s the harm in dumping cold water over your head if you can raise awareness at the same time?
Afterall, the ALSA is raising money through this free marketing campaign and has even created images for people to use on Twitter and Facebook as a way of shouting from the mountaintops that they have taken the challenge.
As long as nobody is getting hurt, let’s add some fun and camaraderie through wifi networks across America.
It seems that this game of sorts is crossing boundaries of all kinds. From girls next door and parents across the country to professional athletes, actors, and politicians, like George W. Bush, who goes on to challenge Bill Clinton.
Having fun while contributing in significant ways is nothing new.
Year after year, I witness friends walk for three days straight, adorning breasts, boobs, and ta-tas of all shapes, colors, and sizes to raise awareness and money for breast cancer. I see others wear pink ribbons. To each her own, I guess.
Maybe the ice bucket challenge is not such a far stretch from men growing mustaches in November to bring awareness to prostate and testicular cancer.
I still wonder if they’ll have to step up the challenge a bit this Movember to keep up with the seemingly endless ice bucket challenge.
And, I can’t help but wonder how I’ll teach my children the connection between silly behaviors and serious issues. But that will come with time.
What sort of things do you think people will start doing to keep up with trends like this?