There is a video traveling around the internet called “The Freezing Homeless Child Experiment”. In this video, a young boy is seen standing on a street in a major city with only a shirt on (no jacket) and a sign, supposedly a starving child. It was reported to be 5 degrees F and for two hours, many, many people simply passed him by. Some looked, most did not, and all ignored until finally a homeless man approached the young boy and wrapped him up in the jacket off his back. Yes only a homeless man came to help, because because only another homeless person could feel the pain, the agony, the cold.
The video was canned, the boy was acting and was not actually homeless but the point was well made. The sad reality is we are bombarded with so much negativity that we have become immune as a society to the suffering of others. This is a sad testimony to the state of affairs, when a starving child is concerned.
Worldwide the statistics are awful. A person dies from starvation every 4 to 10 seconds on planet earth. The variation is caused by how deaths are counted and attributed to malnutrition. Sadly there is enough food to feed everyone on planet earth. Food is available but distribution remains a problem so hunger around the world remains a problem.
Tragically, regional conflicts, wars, politics, governments, armies keep available food from populations rather preferring to starve them than feed them. Whatever the reasons are, it is unconscionable that we as a species permit this to occurrence. The human race has the power to stop this and we as a people have the ability to go to bed at night knowing that every man, woman and child on earth has food.
But we as individual feel helpless. My mother used to admonish me to eat my food. Her reason why I should clean my plate was there there starving children in Africa. Well I said, no problem, “Here let's just pack up my plate and mail it to Africa”. Well that did not work. But there is a powerful message here. From a very young age we have been conditioned to believe there is nothing we can do.
Well I believe there is something we can do. It starts with awareness, raising the collective consciousness to the problem. If each and every one of us tells someone who tells someone who … you get the idea. Then we create a movement that focuses attention on the issue. When we do that, we bring energy to bear and solutions begin to emerge.
Many wealthy people contribute huge sums annually to this endavor but it is time for the common man, each and every one of us, to take a stand along these philanthropists and push this to a crescendo so that, on earth, every person feels the love and caring and has food on his or her plate. How can we in good conscience permit this to continue?
I believe we can solve this problem in our lifetime if we commit to it. Please let every child on earth know that they are loved and fed. What we do to one, we do to all! There should not be one starving child