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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 03-31-2020, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Am I a bad person cause I think clapping for nurses every night is pointless?


It’s a nice gesture and I don’t think people shouldn’t, it’s just.... it shouldn’t be confused with actual help, and there are people out there who are just doing it for show, to show what good people they are. Kinda like “thoughts and prayers.”
I don’t do it because I’m more shy and will give in other ways like donating money if I get any, advocating for essential workers to get raises and benefits, etc. I actually think it’ll help more, although I see essential workers who are touched by the applause, as well as those who see it as an empty gesture and want raises and benefits as well as respect at all times (not just when there’s a health crisis.)
And now I see public shaming of people who don’t do it, like they are selfish or ungrateful. So am I a bad person?
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No way. It's just a way to show appreciation at a level that they can. It shouldn't matter if you participate in it or not. It's a kind gesture and at the end, that's all it is.

Real actions and change will matter more in the long run but that is more at the government and private sector level.
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Rather they instead put their clapping efforts into trying to procure gloves and masks to be donated to medical staff. Or do grocery and pharmacy runs for the at-risk individuals.

Lots of people and restaurants in my region have been making free food for medical staff daily. Those are probably much more helpful than daily 60 secs of clapping or kitchenware banging.

The truth is strictly what the ones in power perceives it to be.

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^ why not both?
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You just need to understand that some people need to believe that it's important, because that's how they cope with their feelings of helplessness and isolation right now. And you shouldn't tell them that it's unimportant, because it's important to them and not doing any harm (except to people trying to sleep).

Public shaming of people who don't clap is an expression of intolerance by people who can't see beyond their noses though. But if you happen to be in public at the appointed time maybe it's better to play along with them than risk drawing attention.

I haven't heard of it here, I think it's mainly a thing in India?

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I just consider that these people are like cheerleaders to doctors, police officers and etc. But I don't see anything bad about it. It's just saying thank you to them...

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our job is to do nothing and not get sick, and theyre going through stresses out of this world. they deserve all the appreciation and accolades we can give them. because we're going to need them to do this for several weeks. the other medical problems people have don't go away either

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So I didn't know this was a thing. But I also see it kind of as...like when someone sneezes and people say "(God) bless you". I mean, you don't have to say/do **** technically. But it's a nice gesture.
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post #9 of 38 (permalink) Old 04-01-2020, 06:09 AM
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I don't think so. People want to show their appreciation and support in different ways - if you find donating is the best way for you, then go for it!x

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Health care workers in 'the front lines' are catching the virus and some have died from it. They aren't forced to do their jobs, they chose to do it and place their lives in danger. That's why people are appreciating them.
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It's meant as a form of communication to appreciate them being at the front lines of something potentially fatal. It's okay to not take part or think it's pointless. It's not like clapping will take away their chance of risk.
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People show they care in different ways. I don't think applauding for those in the medical field is pointless, because they absolutely deserve the love and support for choosing to risk their lives to save others.

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I didnt clap cos i'm cool and didnt want to jeapordise my street cred

Dont just do something. sit there !!


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Wherabouts in the world are people clapping every day?


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Wherabouts in the world are people clapping every day?
England, New York, Cuba...
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Well it's a pretty difficult job with long hours at times & can feel thankless, if it helps some of them feel better I don't see the harm, I personally wouldn't be much into clapping.






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it is pointless to clap. i agree i don't why people would.
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it is pointless to clap. i agree i don't why people would.
Why not ? Everything's pointless if you think about it, might as well clap.






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I think everyone should do what they can. Prayers shouldn't be downplayed. For some people that is all they can do. Think about it, if there is a God that has the power to heal, then I think it is worth trying to get His attention. Personally I'm a believer, and when someone tells me they are praying for me, I believe that it could make a difference. I'm thankful for prayers.
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England, New York, Cuba...
Not in England. It was only for one night. That's why I'm surprised to hear that somewhere they're doing it everyday.


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