I realise this post may be controversial, and I don't want to cause offence, but I do feel compelled to present another side to an issue that has been bothering me for a while - to critique it with some personal observations. Firstly, I am glad that the collection for 'Help for Heroes' is nearly over, because the whole 'campaign' has been somewhat frustrating for me. Why? Well, because I have an aversion to most things connected with the armed forces. Although I have no wish to campaign AGAINST the charity (far from it, I wish them luck), I am wondering whether my stance of deliberately not donating may be driven by an irrational prejudice of sorts. How could I possibly be against helping people who have been injured? Well, I guess my answer is buried somewhere in my moral / ethical / political convictions which make me feel that charity is better placed elsewhere (btw, I donate to two charities on a regular basis, both involved in providing education to the poor in Africa), and that if we must have an armed forces then the government should be responsible for looking after them properly. And where I'm worried that I may be reacting irrationally is that I feel that by supporting a charity like this, I would be indirectly showing my support for the military, something I wish to avoid. I would like to know if others have any similar dilemmas on this type of issue as well as hearing the arguments for me being irrational to make these connections. I am open to having my thinking changed on this and all issues, despite what some people might think. Thanks.
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