NPR, the Humane Society, or, in today’s example, Wikipedia, are all things I give money to. Not a lot, but some.
Wikipedia adds immense value to my life, and I love it. Today alone, it has informed me on topics as diverse as the Mary Celeste (a 19th century ship, found adrift with no trace of the crew), Jamie Lynn Spears (I’d forgotten about that whole pregnancy thing), Steadicam, all the varieties of noodle soup in the world (SO MANY!!!), and ghost trains (what if they’re real?)
So when a banner popped up asking me to donate, it seemed like an asshole move not to.
It doesn’t have to be a lot. Just remember: mathematically speaking, $5 is infinitely more money than $0. If you love it, and it depends on contributions, then try to contribute.
Side note: After expressing what I feel are very valid concerns about ghost trains, the boyfriend proceeded to spend 15 minutes making scary ghost train noises. This feels like grounds for a break up. Also, when I was talking about this entry, he said, “Oh, no. Donating is the WORST. It’s like buying something, without the something.”