Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Rant: Extreme Poverty

"Extreme poverty statistics are a window on the world. They are a way of measuring just how poor of a job we are doing taking care of each other." ~Michael Crawley

 
First read these stats.  

When I read over those stats it hurts me.  It hurts my soul.  It makes me ache.  It is a phisical pain for me.  There are lots of different causes that tug at my heart strings but this is different. This is not a "cause", this is injustice.  It is just obscene. 

When I first became aware of some of those statistics it was a game changer for me.  It changed the way I see the world and my life forever.  
 
I just can't complain about being "broke".  I don't know what its like to worry about money.  I can't complain or ever think that I am hungry.  I don't know what it is like to be hungry.  I can't worry about my weight.  Being worried about being overweight is a blessing of a problem to have. 

I don't have to walk miles every day for water.  I don't have to worry about the safety of pregnancy and childbirth.  I will never suffer or die from preventable diseases like malaria.  I will never in my lifetime suffer from malnutrition.  I will never have to worry that my children might not live to see the age of 5.

All of my problems are so small and insignificant.  I have no real problems.  My life is a ride on easy street every day.  I am  blessed beyond measure.
 
We can step up and do better and take care of each other.  There are a couple of different ways to go about it.   With your voice and with your money (just a little bit).  Check out these two awesome videos one from www.one.org the other from www.thelifeyoucansave.com





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