As I have explained recently, the Saker Community, the Saker blog and my family have been negatively affected by the SARS-COV-2/COVID19 pandemic. Even though most of us are still in good health, our environment has changed in many ways (we had to totally shut down our small business for 2 months at least, probably many more!). Furthermore, the future looks bleak, especially economically. So let me clarify something most important:
This time, I am asking only those who are financially comfortable to help!
Why? Because unless you are yourself truly financially comfortable, you will soon need your money for your family and/or yourself. Or to help others in need. Therefore, I ask you NOT to send me even a penny, unless you truly feel that it is a penny you will never need.
However, IF you ARE financially secure, then this my friend is the time to help those who aren’t!
My sole argument here will be to quote Saint Basil The Great who taught:
Oh mortal, recognize your Benefactor! Consider yourself, who you are, what resources have been entrusted to you, from whom you received them, and why you received more than others. You have been made a minister of God’s goodness, a steward of your fellow servants. Do not suppose that all this was furnished for your own gullet! Resolve to treat the things in your possession as belonging to others.
Please do not advise me to use a paywall, or accept ads. I will never do that, that would be a betrayal of our Community’s ethos and a betrayal of my personal principles.
I am profoundly convinced of the moral and even practical superiority of collectivist societies over individualist ones (albeit not in every case, of course, some collectivistic societies have been, and still are, truly horrible). Oh, I know that I am in the minority, at least in the West. Yet, I don’t care. The Saker Community has helped (and even saved the blog) *many* times and I want to believe that being a Community gives us all a collective advantage over other models.
I hope and pray that this time again you all will help both the blog and myself.