"Life is Cheap" -- Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit
In many parts of the world, the worldview held by Thorin Oakenshield holds true. This worldview is either influenced by the local governmental system or it influences the governmental system or both. Regardless, suffering and death are universal terrors.
In the book The Hobbit, Thorin Oakenshield is single-mindedly focused on one goal -- taking back his ancestral homeland, Erebor, and the vast gold and wealth entrapped within it. Along his path, he unexpectedly forms a friendship with a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. A hobbit is not a powerful or fearsome creature, but is quite gentle and humble. The Dwarves of Erebor, however, are powerful fighters who will not shy away from danger. But, it is this hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, that saves Thorin's life (selflessly putting himself in harms way).
Thorin eventually takes back Erebor, but gets into new fights. At one point, he is willing to sacrifice all of his friends and family for the treasure horde within Erebor. His single-minded focus became an obsession and he is heard saying "Life is Cheap."
Life may be cheap in many places. But, iCompassion does not believe that. Each life has incredible value. Life cannot be measured in currency or gold or diamonds or any other way. For many, it is God-given. For others, it has intrinsic value. Our mission is to serve the underprivileged wherever they may be.
Still, how do you prioritize? We believe that the best way for us to serve the people that will benefit from our efforts is to work with trusted partners, at the local level, in the communities where the underprivileged people are. As an example, we have partnerships in Lebanon where we help underprivileged Syrians and Iraqis who have fled their homes because of civil war and ISIS. Our most recent endeavor is to help orphans in Venezuela by partnering with a local farmer who will supply beans and rice to a local orphanage.
iCompassion are not necessarily "miracle-workers", but for the poor, sick, and forgotten, we may very well be the lifeline they need until their breakthrough arrives. For us, life is not cheap.
Thankfully, Thorin Oakenshield changed his views near the end of the story. His last statement to Bilbo Baggins was:
"Farewell Master Burglar... If more people valued home above gold, this world would be a merrier place."
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