Ice Bucket Challenge: Mistranslated.

The Internet was recently swept up by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – which has synonymously failed and succeeded at its function and aims. The act of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge comprises two main functions, the primary being to raise funds and donations for ASL Association to combat the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) condition. The secondary function is to raise global awareness about the ALS conditions and the non-profit organisation fighting behind it. 

Dear discombobulated readers, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or commonly addressed as Lou Gehrig’s disease refers to the progressive neurodegenerative disease that primarily (well) degenerates the motor neurones in the patient’s body. Eventually, rapid degeneration of motor neurones results in inability to relay the nerve impulses from the brain towards the effector muscles. Thus, the patient will not be able to respond to stimuli and may become totally paralysed. 

So, what’s up with the challenge? The Ice Bucket Challenge requires an individual to be bathed with ice water or choose to make donations to ALS Association – or do both. Financially, the Ice Bucket Challenge was a genius masterstroke from ALS Association. As of 20th of August, the ALS Association has received $31.5 million which had found it’s way from existing donors and 637,527 new donors. This is thirty times the donation ALS Association received the previous year, which only totalled to $1.9 million in the same time-length. 

Here’s thing that bothers me – the downside and failure of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Two months into the Ice Bucket Challenge, adults, teenagers or adolescents (regardless the age) crashed into social networking sites with videos of themselves being drown with ice water. The loop hole is that these portions of the society – without addressing their age class – neither spread the ALS conditions awareness nor donate any significant amount of donations to the ALS Association. The honest and brutal truth is that these people are merely drowning themselves with ice water for the sake of attention – or because Cristiano Ronaldo, Zachary Levi, Steven Spielberg or Stephen King does it. Bloody hell! This has already defeated the Ice Bucket Challenge purposes.

One could only imagine how Prostate Cancer Foundation could promote awareness about Prostate Cancer in some distant future – hopefully not from kicking the balls from behind!

TJ.

This post was written to respond to the prompt brought forward by The Daily Post – Breaking The Ice

Who am I and Why I’m here?

My previous blogging venture and experience was in the following Blogger site (thulasij.blogspot.com). Being a newbie in the WordPress platform, it’s best to break the ice in relevance to the “assignments” for WordPress newbies – (Blogging 101, Day One: Introduce Yourself.)

So, proceeding with the list of questions:

  • Who am I and Why I’m here?

Expected this though! (chuckles). Well, my name is Thulasidasan Jeewaratinam – proud author of NotThulasidasan. As I have mentioned earlier, I used to blog in Blogger platform till writer’s block wave came crashing. Following a three or four month break from blogging, I decided to pursuit a different platform to rejuvenate my passion for blogging – hence, WordPress. Why I am here? Blogging, duh.

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

My views are not narrow-minded and I believe it should not be exclusive only to my eyes. Keeping a personal journal does not earn my admiration as I strongly believe it limits your debatable knowledge to yourself as well as provides an easier route for writer’s block to kick in.

  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?

I’m a enthusiast of everything, ranging from sports fanaticism to controversial articles. I would not classify my posts under one particular field. Thus, my posts would cover multiple fields, without refracting too much. A significant number of my previous posts dwelled about  my perspectives over certain issue.

Without further ado, I’ll end this brief introduction here. Hopefully, with more posts to ensue. Citing my personal favourite quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson;

We must be our own before we can be another’s.

Thulasidasan.