I agree that the crowd funding craze has all too often overstepped its bounds in leveraging people’s generosity. But the whole ideological argument that people can and should make the effort and take the incentive to individually overcome all of their misfortunes is tired and beyond reproach. On so many fronts, economic, historical, psychological, chemical… it is abundantly clear that this narrative of unlimited powers of self-redemption is a fantasy supported only in reality by the exceptions that defy what tends greatly to be the rule: humans are largely at the mercy (or benefit) of a tremendous number of circumstances that they cannot control. Those things we can control are surprisingly few, and the illusion of more is largely a consequence of our superlative capacity to post-rationalize our experiences as emerging deterministically from our agency. Our life narratives are confabulations of a fragmented memory and a contextual myopia that have served our penchant for fantasy far greater than our interest in truth.
People may ask for too much, but this of course is a matter of our ethical sentiments about what we may ask for in a socially normative fashion. That people can always find a way to get it themselves is preposterous.