This weekend I have seen several commercials on Fox Television promoting this week's special American Idol 'give back' show. In so many ways I am effected emotionally by the suffering of people living in poor countries with my biggest feelings of sorry going out to small children. Like most Americans, my standard of living is not one of wealth, but compared to the suffering of poor people in other countries - I am most certainly blessed. As I listen to Simon Cowell say in these American Idol commercials that he never realized that some people lives in such squaller and poverty I was moved and I also became angry at how some families are forced to live when for most people in the United States our lives are not filled with daily thoughts of where the next meal is going to come from.
In recent years, maybe because of my advancing age, I have begun to wonder why God has allowed mankind to rule this planet for so long? While millions of people are good and decent, there are millions more people that do not care about the suffering of others and some even take advantage of the poorest among us for their own selfish needs. I am happy that American Idol is using it's successful show to highlight the suffering of poor people around the world. I noticed in one of the film clips in that America Idol commercial, Carrie Underwood hugging a small child. As a team, both previous American Idol winners and the shows judges are all participating in this special show that will be seen nationwide on Wednesday night. It is very important for Americans to be reminded about the suffering of people in other countries. Most of the time, we Americans are pretty selfish by nature because we spend much of our time trying to better enrich ourself instead of spending time being thankful for the blessings we have right in front of our face.
There will be those that will criticize American Idol for showing the suffering of children in other counties and they will make the argument that this show is just trying to exploit these suffering children in order to advance American Idol ratings. From my point of view, I really do not care if American Idol is approaching this issue from a moral or financial standpoint because the plight of suffering children around the world needs to be shown and at the end of the day, many poor people will be helped by American Idol's coverage of this important human crisis. For years I have seen the commercials on television from the 'Feed The Children' organization where they have shown similar neighborhoods where human waste product is flowing down the middle of dirty streets because there is no plumbing or sewer service. On several occasions I had to turn away from the TV set when these images were being shown, but soon after I closed my eyes and thanked God for allowing me to be born in and live in the United States of America.
I will be watching as America Idol runs it's 'give back' show on Wednesday night and I hope that more Americans will decide to give money to charities that help feed and provide medical care to children in Third World countries around the world. The American Idol competition has become one of the most constant ratings winners on American television the past few years as Americans have enjoyed this show from start to exciting finish. It is not only American Idol that should be giving back to people that are less fortunate, but all Americans should do the same thing. My grandfather told me once that a person does not need to look far to find someone that is in worst shape than themselves. He was so right in that observation and on Wednesday night, millions of Americans will see the same thing for themselves on America Idol's 2008 Give Back Show.