I think hockey not being played is much, MUCH less important than other things like the teachers losing thier collective bargaining rights in Toronto, or the after effects of hurricane sandy, and droughts in Africa.
Hockey really has no effect on humanity or anyone for that matter, it's just for entertainment and right now they're lock out, which again, is still much less important then the feet of water flooding NY or people dying from droughts in Africa.
Just my 2 cents.
What about the janitors who clean up the facilities? What about the food people who cook the food for the fans? What about the announcers who tell people what's going on in the game? What about the zamboni drivers who resurface the ice? What about the maintenance crew who make sure the stadium is functioning properly? What about all the other people who make their living working in the stadiums, but can't, because hockey is shut down? What about them? You're just happy telling them they can forget about putting food in their stomachs or keeping a roof over their head?
You know, there really isn't anything I can do that could positively affect the teachers in toronto, the droughts in africa, or the victims of hurricane sandy.
If the teachers want their collective bargaining rights, they'll stand up and let their voices be heard, or they'll move to a different country, or they'll get a different occupation. Their are other countries clamoring for english speaking teachers. Check out Mordeth13 on youtube, he's a Canadian who moved to Taiwan I believe it is, because they were paying him damned good money, giving him free room and board, all to teach kids how to speak english. Didn't know a single word of the native language when he went over there, and he made damned good money. Now he lives there, is fluent in the language, and even has a wife and kid. If people aren't happy with their situation, they need to do something about it, not just whine about it and hope someone does something about it for them.
Lots of places are in drought, just because it's Africa, and just because it's poor, doesn't make any difference. It's not like we're better off when a drought hits, because we're super rich and have weather making machines that can fix everything over night. We have to suffer through a crappy drought just like they do. And guess what, it's AFRICA, it's not like a drought is some super massive catastrophe, they should be fairly used to crappy living conditions by now.
As to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, I don't really feel much remorse for the ones who stuck around. They were told well in advance that it was coming and that they needed to evacuate. If they decided to stay, then the consequences are on them, not me. Does it suck? Yeah, I'm sure it does. Should they have left? Yes. Do I want to suddenly break down and cry because they stuck around when they were told not to, and are now unhappy? Hell no. They made their bed and now they can sleep in it too.
Too often people go "Well what about the starving kids in Africa?" "What about the horribly abused children over in some foreign country?" "Why don't you start caring about the world instead of worrying about yourself?" Oh yeah? And just what can you even do about that? Why complain to us about it when A. You're most likely not doing a damn thing about those situations. And B. What can we realistically do? Sure there are starving kids in Africa, and sure we throw away a lot of food. Want to give all our leftovers to the kids in Africa? Go right ahead. But the food will rot before it even gets off this continent. And who will pay for it? Fuel isn't cheap, and wasting millions worth of fuel to bring rotten food to the kids in Africa isn't exactly a solution that will actually do anything good. Want to give all of our water to the people in Africa to try and help the drought? Then we're the ones who are screwed, in a drought, without water, meanwhile all the war lords in Africa have stolen the water and are hoarding it for themselves. Meanwhile, there'd still be a drought in Africa and people would still be dying without water.
Your right, they were told to evacuate and they should of, I agree. But it`s not their choice that their houses got flooded, or the roof collapsed right? That's like saying it's the people who live in tornado alley's it's their fault they lost their house/car/everything.
Also saying that their is no point in saying "Well what about the starving kids in Africa?" is pointless because nothing is going to happen is JUST as pointless as complaining about hockey not being on, you complaining doesn't change ANYTHING. It's just you complaining. It doesn't solve anything, it just makes you happy because you got to bitch in public about something.
I also didn't say anything about sending water or food to Africa, I was saying their's much bigger issues in the world than hockey not being on.
We seem to care so much about what's happening to us, we don't seem to look around.