Yesterday I checked my mailbox and saw that my replacement PayPal Business debit card and my replacement Wise international debit card arrived. (At this time of writing I have yet to activate the PIN number of my Wise card (using a bank ATM) but I think I might be able to use that card for online purchases. Meanwhile, I intend to use either my PayPal Business debit card or else my Wise card to pay for most of my purchases while I use my Patelco debit card almost exclusively to pay for web-based services such as ChatGPT, Patreon, miscellaneous donations, WordPress (to keep it advertisement free), and Twitter Blue (to maintain that prestigious blue checkmark next to my Twitter username on my Twitter profile, on my original tweets, and on my responses to tweets)). The purpose of my having multiple debit cards instead of just one is to prevent myself from accidentally overspending such that I am not able to pay for recurring fees (especially if those fees charge my debit cards automatically (which could cause me to have negative money as a result of having to pay a compounding bank overdraft fee)).
Today I saw an email from Wikipedia’s founder which caught my attention particularly by stating that I am included in the 2% of Wikipedia users who have ever donated money to Wikipedia (which is a volunteer-created and free encyclopedia which I use extensively (especially as hyperlink references which help to define my terms within the context of my personal websites)). I donated $10 (but I have yet to get a confirmation email that the payment has been processed (which means I best not spend the $13 remaining in my bank account)).
Today I also decided to become a patron of the Theories of Everything Patreon channel (and my Patelco debit card will allegedly be charged $10 on the 19th day of each month for the duration of my membership (which I hope to continue for as long as both I and the donee exist as living, breathing, and changing entities)).
I am hoping that, by donating money (within my means, of course) to content creators and organizations which I genuinely admire and derive inspiration from, I will feel better about myself because (a) how I spend my money (including “token amounts” which are too small to cover vital expenses) shows the universe what I value (and I find it helpful to believe that the universe responds intelligently to my input) and (b) I think that I am more likely to encounter like-minded people if I invest in the projects which attract a community of such like-minded people.
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