Oh, I'm not questioning their coolness value for children, I do remember my own fondness for stickers. I'm questioning their value as a measurement for altruism. Well, at least in the form we actually should care about. In my own life, charity consists of feeding the hungry, donating clothes, time, etc. Or, giving money, through my church, for providing shelter through one of our programs. I can't remember the last time I ever consciously thought of "donating" cool stuff. Not that I'm saying it's dumb, but my Christian understanding of altruism/charity doesn't really associate it. It's always, food, water, clothing, shelter, etc. that trigger my Christian charity. Not DVDs, for example. Even the one's I'm not fond of have simply ended up in the trash. I don't even think of it. Now throwing out food? Absolutely cringe at it. If it's packaged and still good, to the donation bin it goes. Furniture and clothing? To the little building our church maintains so people without can stop in and receive. Flapjack breakfasts, fish fries, all sort of events which feed the needy there at no cost to them, while raising money from the other attendees to further provide needy.
But the "cool" stuff? It just doesn't even enter my mind. Not that I haven't ever shared the frivolous "cool" stuff. It just never entered my mind that this was an altruistic thing. Or, that I need to do more of that. There's just no association for me there as my Christian altruism has been honed so specifically on the needy; the sick, the poor, the cold and wet.
I mean, I think of the children from my church who are running plates of pancakes to the hungry during one of our breakfasts. The plates of fish during those fish frys. The children, old enough, who often run groceries from the food pantry to people's cars. Or, the children who simply bring a smile to faces of the lonely and elderly here in my area of Florida (lots of retirees) by going around to their homes to sing them Christmas carols.
I'm not sure how taking note of how many stickers they gave away, and only with consideration of class mates, could ever measure what they're involved in outside of that very specific setting, with entirely different people, and with an entirely different value, need vs cool.
Right, but I find the measurements highly questionable in the first place.
I still don't get the mark against religious children for tending to believe in more serious punishments for people who "shove" and "push" others...That seems to indicate they take violating others more seriously...How was it viewed as anything but that?