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  • Do we really NEED more guitars?

    I don't know...I was watching the news coming out of Africa last night. Really made me think. While we sit and drool over more guitars, there are a lot of people starving to death. Kinda makes it hard for me to justify any new gear, when I could give that money to someone who needs something as basic as food.

    Not trying to be a downer...and I love my gear...just thinking out lout...
    My Gear:
    2015 Taylor 214ce Deluxe
    2008 Fender American Standard Telecaster
    2006 Fender American 60th Anniv. P-Bass
    Takamine acoustic
    Fender P-Bass

  • #2
    We don't NEED even one guitar. That car/truck you're driving? Don't need that either. How about your cell phone, computer, internet connection, etc? Don't need those. There are people right in the good old U.S. of A that are starving. I choose to volunteer my services at the local Union Gospel Mission a couple times a month. At least I'm giving something back where it matters most to me.
    There can never be a perfect plan. What's perfect for one human bean ain't perfect for the next one. Cuz he's a lentil.

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    • #3
      "There will be poor always pathetically struggling. Look at the good things you've got." ~ JCS - Everything's Alright - Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkje4FiH9Qc
      I don't give a d.a.m.n about hypes, fanclubs or tonal religions. All I care about is what works for me."...it's not religion that's the problem, but any system of thought that insists that one group of people are inviolably in the right, whereas the others are in the wrong and must somehow be punished." ~ Rod LiddleJROCKBRIDGE MUSIC

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      • #4
        We don't NEED even one guitar. That car/truck you're driving? Don't need that either. How about your cell phone, computer, internet connection, etc? Don't need those. There are people right in the good old U.S. of A that are starving. I choose to volunteer my services at the local Union Gospel Mission a couple times a month. At least I'm giving something back where it matters most to me.


        Agreed, that's why I sold my massive truck...to save money so that I can give to stuff like this famine. I also volunteer here locally. I also know that we will always have the poor...but does that mean we're off the hook? If one of these starving kids showed up at our door, would we shut the door and go back to playing our guitar? I sure hope not...
        My Gear:
        2015 Taylor 214ce Deluxe
        2008 Fender American Standard Telecaster
        2006 Fender American 60th Anniv. P-Bass
        Takamine acoustic
        Fender P-Bass

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        • #5
          Its sad and all... But what can we do about it? Enjoy your life to its fullest! Be thankful for the wonderful life you live instead of what could of been!
          Guitars: Harmony H45, Epiphone Dot Deluxe, Fender Mustang, Gibson MM Special, Gibson B25, Teisco Mayqueen
          Amps: Vox AC4, Vox AC15, Harmony H205, Silvertone 1430, Gibson G10

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          • #6
            But what can we do about it?

            That was sort of the OP's point.

            We can do very little but give some money to aid organisations, that we trust will help the people in East Africa.

            That is why some people might forgo a new guitar and spend that money to help others.

            ...ultimately it would be best if the worlds resources were better distributed, but as it is at the moment that is basically the most we can do as individuals.
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            • #7
              Agreed, that's why I sold my massive truck...to save money so that I can give to stuff like this famine. I also volunteer here locally. I also know that we will always have the poor...but does that mean we're off the hook? If one of these starving kids showed up at our door, would we shut the door and go back to playing our guitar? I sure hope not...


              You do whatever helps you sleep at night. Idealism can be very painful.

              I'm a realist and I find the starvation and violence happening around the world disturbing. I try to help when I can. But, I'm not going to feel guilty because I'm wealthier than a lot of other people. I didn't feed on the powerless to get where I am. I'm also not Warren Buffet. Unfortunately, the people who are in power and could really make a difference aren't going to do a lot.

              If you want to take the idealism all the way to the logical end, the answer is revolution. Unfortunately, overthrowing power is the only way you're going to end worldwide famine. Anything the middle class does is only going to be about like pissing on a bonfire to put it out...which is 'metaphorically' what I'm doing in your thread.
              I don't give a d.a.m.n about hypes, fanclubs or tonal religions. All I care about is what works for me."...it's not religion that's the problem, but any system of thought that insists that one group of people are inviolably in the right, whereas the others are in the wrong and must somehow be punished." ~ Rod LiddleJROCKBRIDGE MUSIC

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              • #8
                Betting the consensus will be,
                "Let them eat guitars."
                Besides being a guitar player,
                I'm a big fan of the guitar.
                I love that damn instrument.
                -Steve Vai

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                • #9
                  It's not "idealism"...it's called being human. No, I can't afford to fly to Somalia myself to help out...or trust me, I'd be there. However, just thumbing our nose at them because they are out of sight and out of mind, is not right, either. I may only help one with my donation...but it will matter to that one!
                  My Gear:
                  2015 Taylor 214ce Deluxe
                  2008 Fender American Standard Telecaster
                  2006 Fender American 60th Anniv. P-Bass
                  Takamine acoustic
                  Fender P-Bass

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                  • #10
                    Lifeboat Ethics....sleep well and buy a new amp!

                    http://www.garretthardinsociety.org/articles/art_lifeboat_ethics_case_against_helping_poor.html
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                    Gibson SG 1970s Tribute
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                    65 Twin Reverb Reissue
                    Cox Tweed Deluxe Ultimate


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                    • #11
                      Giving them all that money will do nothing. There is no law or government in Somalia.
                      There are armed fighter groups. There are groups trying to kill add workers as we speak.

                      It is a failed state and many thingings have to be done before throwing a bunch of money at them would help. The strong would take it, the weak would die.

                      All they can do is try to feed the once that can make it out across the border.
                      Go ahead fly to Samolia, just don't expect to be welcomed with open arms. AK47 maybe

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                      • #12
                        The King will reply,
                        "No one ever goes to heaven deservingly
                        and no one ever goes to hell unwillingly."
                        -CS Lewis

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                        • #13
                          Lifeboat Ethics....sleep well and buy a new amp!

                          http://www.garretthardinsociety.org/articles/art_lifeboat_ethics_case_against_helping_poor.html


                          That article is as idiotic today as when it was written.

                          If we were to adapt the "lifeboat analogy" to todays reality it would be that 50 persons from the industrialized countries sit in a life boat that has room for 200 but won't even accept one person in the water onto it for fear that our ride might be less comfortable...
                          Guitar picture, Gear List, Clip List and travel pics from Peru, Sri Lanka, Mexico and Indonesia. Bonus: Some pics from Denmark too.

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                          • #14
                            I don't know...I was watching the news coming out of Africa last night. Really made me think. While we sit and drool over more guitars, there are a lot of people starving to death. Kinda makes it hard for me to justify any new gear, when I could give that money to someone who needs something as basic as food.

                            Not trying to be a downer...and I love my gear...just thinking out lout...


                            i'm with you 100%
                            The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.
                            Lou Reed

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                            • #15
                              Giving them all that money will do nothing.
                              BS excuse. Giving money (or time) to the right aid organizations will help ease some of the peoples' suffering. You're right the situation is dire and we can't "fix" it, but we can at least try to make things a little better for the people. That's something. "If you can't feed 100 people, then feed one." - Mother Theresa.

                              I certainly don't need more guitars, I don't need all the guitars I already have, but I'll be damned if it doesn't make me feel good to play music. Try to live the best life you can, and help your fellow man live their best life. They're not mutually exclusive.
                              Multiple award winning blues/rock/country at http://www.zeyerband.com or http://www.reverbnation.com/zeyer.Check my solo (instrumental rock) projects at: http://www.reverbnation.com/vincedickinson"Music is like the English language - it's just full of rules that need to be broken or you aren't hip.""It doesn't take talent to upgrade your playing. It takes patience" - Kenny Werner

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