Generally, I dislike this whole "Day-thing" fashion. Day of the Cheetah, Day of the Earth, Day against tobacco smoke, Day against AIDS, Day of the toilets (yes, Hell, there IS one, twas just a few weeks ago), Day of who-the-f*ck-knows-what. Yes, I'm a hater. But here's why.
First, obviously, because the idea is being brutally overused. I mean, whoever invented the International Day of the Toilets must be a genius because I for one would have never come up with that ever, but in the end of the day this stunning "Day invention" only shows that nowadays we have a special Day for just an amazing number of unimaginable things. Which seems good at first, everything needs support, even toilets, but then.... I can't help but imagine how we'll eventually end up with having a Day for literally everything, every single day will be a Day-of-something and as a result this will simply depreciate the whole concept, all these Days will turn back into something trivial and no one will pay attention anymore to any them. Even to the really important ones (which ones are really important is disputable, but I'll skip that).
But let's say I'm wrong about that.
The second reason is yet far more important.
Take the coming holidays.
In my country there is some charity tradition for the last several years (yeah, just several years, but heed how pompous the word "tradition" only sounds) - people start raising funds for supporting children hospitals.... or something. This happens twice a year - around xmas and around easter. Nice. Even spectacular. But guess what, it's
Do you really think that two little charity campaigns a year make that much of a difference? Yeah, sure, they buy some new equipment for 2-3 hospitals every year, they save the life of a few children every year.... what about the rest, whom that money is not enough to save? The people, since they have donated, they feel like they've done something awfully good (which is true, indeed, they have), they go to bed satisfied and happy and celebrate their little holidays, and believe they have delivered the children from their woes forever and granted them a beautiful life. Beautiful delusion to calm ourselves. What about after the holidays, when the children will go on fighting their diseases alone and will go on dying? Nobody will even think about them then.
What about the cheetahs? It's just the same thing.
Yesterday was the Cheetah Day and I saw a lot of people (including me) publishing cheetah-related art. Which is awesome, truly, I'm so glad you and I did it, and it was an occasion for the world to see a lot more cheetah beauty, glory and magnificence on these pages. How about today? How about tomorrow? Won't we forget about the struggling-for-survival cheetahs again?
Let me get this straight - I am not trying to cheapen what we all do, because what we do, no matter how small it is, is very important still. I'm not saying the people who donate are posers who only care about the children on holidays. Most of us really DO care all along, but entangled in our own everyday life, problems, dramas, whatever, etc., most of us also truly forget. I know I did after last year's Cheetah Day, at least until some vigilant figures in the Animal-related dA groups posted their journals to remind me December 4th was coming.
Actually this is inevitable and even understandable, none of us can constantly think about all those creatures and people whose plight we're trying to alleviate at those few special Days. It's not necessary either.
However, these problems which we celebrate on Days do not only last a Day, nor can be solved within one. Still, seems like we enjoy believing that one Day is enough. THIS is the real problem and the true reason why I hate the Day thing.
So, here's what I'm saying. This world would have been a better place if we would only remember the problems hanging over it from time to time. Because if we do remember them, some of them will find their solutions gradually. This is the actual function of the Days. That's the function of the Cheetah Day as well - not to celebrate the cheetah, draw them portraits, or watch on the CNN news or NG Wild about them, or write on facebook how beautiful they are and how much we care. The Cheetah Day is there to remember us that they are in plight. Sadly, we have forgotten this simple truth. And this is why one Day is simply not enough.
Don't get me wrong - this is not only about cheetahs. This is about just everything else which has its Day (except for the toilets, because we simply CAN'T forget about them). Because all of these - the cheetahs, the children, the people with AIDS, the Earth - they are all causes which we fight for.
And so.... today is December 5th. It's officially the International Nothing Day.
Which means - feel free to support any cause you want.
But do remember to do so throughout the year - no matter if it's the cheetahs, the ailing children, the orphans or anything else you care about. What you'll support is totally up to you.
Just remember that your cause needs your support Every Day of the Year.
Happy New Year everyone.
It's a bit too early, but since I write once a year, this will have to do.