Sunday, April 5, 2009

Just a thought. A problem unfixable.


Nine hundred and twenty three million people across the world are hungry, and no one can fix this problem.

Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger related causes--one child every 5 seconds, and no one can fix this problem.

For the price of one U.S. made U.AIM-9X Sidewinder missile, a school full of hungry children could eat lunch every day for 5 years. No one can fix this problem either.

There is one thing everyone on the planet wants. Choice. The ability to choose the path your life will take. Only 6% of the world can boast the ability to give it’s people choice. The United States is a part of the high-income group of nations. The list of high-income nations consists of about 65 countries with a combined population of about 1 billion. In a world of 6 billion people.

No one can fix this problem.

No one man, or woman, be he President, or Royalty, can fix these problems. Choice can be given to these poverty stricken countries when humanities has a shift in perspective. My country is able to come up with $700,000,000,000 to bail out Greedy Banks so we can preserve a way of life only 6% of the worlds population enjoys.

If everyone tries to make a difference locally in some small way. Our perspective may change. Empathy begins locally. Empathy is infectious. Empathy saves lives. Apathy ends lives. 16,000 children die from hunger related causes every year. These lives are irreplaceable. Lost forever. Never given a choice.

The World Bank estimates that these deaths could be stopped globally for $16,000,000,000. A dollar amount that once seemed impossible to gather.

No one can fix these problems. But if every one who had a choice made a choice to try. Then maybe our good work could finally begin.

Just a thought.

A.