Helping out, if only a little.

By TheBigN

Whenever I hear from other anime bloggers about how large of a group we are, I roll my eyes and disregard the statement.  I think we tend to forget that we aren’t nearly as important as we think we are, and more importantly, that anime/manga isn’t as important as we think it is either. It’s good to keep things in perspective, and even though I support and have donated to the effort of Anime and Manga Bloggers For Japan (and an ad banner is to the right as well, for those who care), the pitch being made on the website makes the group sound more noble than it is. And to me it has a whiff of that sort of “support the industry” mindset from others that has what really is a drop in the bucket sound like “our” helping out is the only way to stop the flood.

That being said, any donations to any charities is a good donation more often than not, and I certainly get behind the two organizations that Anime and Manga Bloggers For Japan are supporting given that Japan is only just starting to deal with the aftermath of a powerful earthquake and tsunami.  But we need to remember that we’re probably helping out other people in different situations too with our donations, and that although it’s probably easier to think about, it shouldn’t just be about Japan or us. In the grand scheme of things, or blogs even, while we can make an impact, we’re still only just a tiny part.🙂

2 Responses to “Helping out, if only a little.”


  1. 1 Daniel R. March 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Strangely, I think that statement applies to just about every group of people. If not people in general.

    America, though we think VERY big of ourselves as an important people, makes up only 4.5% of all people. Big corporations, while undoubtedly powerful, are still easily tipped over and crumble before you can blink an eye (this economy has proven that). While we may obsess with how a particular person or people look on us, there are so many factors affecting our lives that this one is not as ‘the world’s going to end’ important as we imagine (unless we get depressed or something, but that’s our decision and not the people’s).

    And the (at most) one-million-strong (0.32% of America’s population) group of anime-enjoying people are part of a small niche market with little impact on the whole market and even less on the world.

    While that might sound depressing, I don’t think of it that way… I just think we keep trying to fluff up our pride and thus accidentally blind ourselves to the real ways that we can impact the world.

    Lol, fandom has importance? Since when does getting together for self-entertainment serve others in a good way? We GET stuff and make a fanbase because we all get the same thing and feel connected. But that’s not what changes lives. It’s when we GIVE.

    Give more than you get. If one million people did that, then we can talk.

    One million seriously helping even 10 people each, and 1 comes back changed each, means another million givers exist, then another million they guide results in three million total, and so on. This is part of why I love Jesus… His mad seemingly-illogical (though totally logical) plan of giving and loving and not worrying so much about self-serving, as if we had some importance and effect on life anyway… now that’s an impact on the grand scheme of things. Not about us. But when we give to Him and those around us, and come together to give, things change.

    No doubt some would say that’s “preachy” and foolish – but our current plan of self-importance isn’t giving us squat, as a people or as individuals. As humans alone, we’re screwed.😛 So I’d rather be a fool and give more than I want to get, just as Christ taught me. I really believe He’s not kidding when He wants to save the world using us like that. ^_^

  2. 2 Mike March 21, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I know I was a little late, and I know you have reservations about some of our rhetoric as it seems, but thanks for supporting us all the same. You’re on the honor roll now.🙂


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