The old man picked up another starfish, tossed it back into the sea, turned and looked at me and said. "Well my brother you see, it made a difference to that one." -- Making a noise in this world. Darrel Whitewolf
Which makes it all the more reason to figure out new ways to move forward and maybe even make some much needed changes in our thinking and doing. Maybe this recession which i don't believe has reached its zenith whatsoever will be so critical in nature that we will be faced with a chance to grab hold of its cathartic potential and begin to recognize ourselves as the committed citizen. Our collective sense of entitlement, our insatiable need to spend, hoard, collect, buy will be cut off at the knees.
Somethings gotta give. Our personal woes don't even match the reality of what is happening beyond our streets.....The inbalance in this world makes the tilt a whirl seem like a walk in the park. 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.
- Of the 2.2 billion children in this world, 1 billion live in poverty.
- According to UNICEF, 26,500-30,000 children die each day due to poverty.
And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.”
- Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.
- More than 660 million people without sanitation live on less than $2 a day, and more than 385 million on less than $1 a day.
- Access to piped water into the household averages about 85% for the wealthiest 20% of the population, compared with 25% for the poorest 20%.
- 1.8 billion people who have access to a water source within 1 kilometre, but not in their house or yard, consume around 20 litres per day. In the United Kingdom the average person uses more than 50 litres of water a day flushing toilets (where average daily water usage is about 150 liters a day. The highest average water use in the world is in the US, at 600 liters day.)
We may be feeling stress and we may be feeling a sense of turmoil in our lives.....but it's nothing compared to 80 percent of the rest of the world. Poverty happens when every single choice is stripped away. Poverty is when the road ends at a desert of dry tears, where weeping has lost the taste salt. Poverty claims the soul of humanity with retching reality. Poverty is not something that happens to others because what happens to others happens to us all. It is our problem. It IS our responsibility to fix.
Time to look outward. Time to ACT. Time to get to the beach....time to assume the role of committed citizen..... you gifts are sorely needed. Take a friend along too, will you. The more hands the better.