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    Quote Originally Posted by Whocares View Post
    The debate was since we have "socialized" fire protection, we can have "socialized" healthcare. My point was that fire protection is not socialized, but a service a community chooses to have - or not. 86% of communites choose not to pay for full time fire protection. 7.5% choose to have it. That was the big debate...

    Sorry it's not more interesting or malicious...
    Actually that is an interesting standpoint. Volunteer hospitals? hmmmm...

    To turn this to a point of semi-intelligent debate: many doctors and nurses around the country will pack up and ship off to third-world countries in Africa and Asia, for weeks and months at a time, to live in squalid huts under constant threat of disease or attack by the "army" of some self-appointed warlord or well, basically "crime boss" (after all, they're there for a reason, right?)... and they'll gladly do this completely for free.

    But ask a doc to volunteer at a local homeless shelter and most will shudder and shy away...

    How's that work?
    My opinions might coincide with someone of importance's POV... I wouldn't know, since I never bothered to ask. My policy is: "Don't ask, don't care."

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    Quote Originally Posted by the1141man View Post
    Actually that is an interesting standpoint. Volunteer hospitals? hmmmm...

    To turn this to a point of semi-intelligent debate: many doctors and nurses around the country will pack up and ship off to third-world countries in Africa and Asia, for weeks and months at a time, to live in squalid huts under constant threat of disease or attack by the "army" of some self-appointed warlord or well, basically "crime boss" (after all, they're there for a reason, right?)... and they'll gladly do this completely for free.

    But ask a doc to volunteer at a local homeless shelter and most will shudder and shy away...

    How's that work?
    I honestly believe that the answer is that if you volunteer to treat the homeless here, it is just a smelly, dirty, thankless job - but if you do it in the Congo it's heroic and romantic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whocares View Post
    I honestly believe that the answer is that if you volunteer to treat the homeless here, it is just a smelly, dirty, thankless job - but if you do it in the Congo it's heroic and romantic.
    Sounds about right... I'm sure there are a few true "Florence Nightingale" types out there who really do it for love of fellow man and all, and probably volunteer at the free clinics back home, too.
    But you're probably right, for the most part it's probably done as a bit of a "resume-enhancer", or at least something to brag to the latest "conquest" about: "Yeah, I spent a summer in Darfur, it was crazy-bandits everywhere, disease, filth... worship me, and gimme some sugar, baby!" lol I could see that.
    My opinions might coincide with someone of importance's POV... I wouldn't know, since I never bothered to ask. My policy is: "Don't ask, don't care."

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