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Memo to World: Why does reality suck so much my pragmatic charity ideas can’t work?

13 Mar

To: World

From: Chris
Re: Why does reality suck so much my pragmatic charity ideas can’t work?
I have been working on several charity ideas for a few years.  I want to start a charity, I want it to succeed, I want to help people.  My ideas have run from impractically stupid to…well…stupid.  Of the stupid ideas, these are the two best ones:
1) The idea to bet on a scandal outcome.  Originally, it would function a lot like a game of Clue: such as, I will take Bill Clinton, in the Lincoln Bedroom, with an intern.  It later evolved to simple betting on what actually happened.  Did he/she actually sleep with this person?  I thought it would involve something like a smartphone App so you could bet $5 that someone did something to earn bragging rights with your friends.  Imagine the number of bar arguments this could profit over.  The money would be funneled to good charities not run by insane morons (i.e. not run by me), such as Doctors without Borders.  
Problem: I can’t do it.  Look at what happened to Intrade.com.  It was completely shut down because you can’t bet on certain things without lawful compliance from dozens of countries.
2)  A training program for teachers to help identify mentally ill children so they can get help…both the teachers and the children (I think babysitting 30 ten year-olds 9 months a year would drive anyone crazy).  It’s a simple idea: recruit psychologists to give power point presentations to teachers outlining early signs of children developing bipolar disorder, depression, etc.  The power point would also, most importantly, give tips on how to handle people with these disorders (the problem with crazy people is that, if you don’t know how to handle them, they drive everyone around them crazy).  
Problem: The rules and regulations guiding teachers are so strict it would make this process borderline impossible.  Not to mention, after researching how parents react, teachers have a powerful incentive not to confront parents that their children might be insane.  For the record, I now have new respect for teachers after researching this and reading horror stories about dealing with parents and kids.  Before I did this, I viewed teachers as state sponsored baby-sitters mooching off the government to practice an easy job.  Now, I view them as professional managers of children and, either, non-existent parents or helicopter parents.  It looks like a crappy job.   
My question is how can we live in world where simple things are impossible?  I mean, do we design institutions to make little things impossible to do, or is it just me?
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