Over the past several days, I’ve grown increasingly irritable and “blue.” And I know why… I haven’t written anything (outside of work) for over a week!
I apologize to myself and to you, my friends. Writing is living. At least for me. Being able to express that which I’m not able to express verbally or maybe even in my thoughts. When I start typing, it simply comes out. Just like that.
I’ve been reading a lot of books about food lately. Everything from The The 4-Hour Body (how to get the perfect body with minimal effort – not recommended!) to The China Study (what to eat to avoid “diseases of the west” such as cancer and heart disease). I strongly believe that eating is the most important activity humans perform every day. What we put in our bodies becomes part of who we are. When we eat the right kind of foods, we feel great, but when we eat junk, we feel like crap.
While I’ve been delving into the world of food, I have also been pondering what my cause should be. There are so many worthy causes out there: celebrating diversity, saving the planet, fighting for animal rights, promoting literacy, defying consumerism, you name it. I want to do it all! But I’ve learned that quality starts to suffer when you try to fix too many things at once. In fact, the best thing is to focus on one, important thing and get it right.
So I’ve decided that my cause is going to be – not food – but hunger. For a while, I thought it would be food. However, if you think about it, everything is related to food. Food addiction, sustainable farming, animal rights, food industry corruption, suspect school food, and cancer to name a few. In fact, another book I read suggests that food is even responsible for some of the crime and mental illness in our society (yes, I know some would consider this quackery, but I think there’s something to it…).
Food is too broad and the problem in this world that bothers me the most is that we have people who go hungry on a regular basis. 925 million, to be “exact” (according to Hunger Notes). That’s a lot of people.
It’s so easy to forget. Because we don’t see it. I keep a picture of homeless kids on my desktop, but I still forget. I want to remember. So it can influence every decision I make. Every purchase I contemplate. Every bite I put into my mouth. People die every day because they don’t have enough to eat! (And people die every day because they had too much to eat.)
Isn’t it ironic?
Starting today, I want to take steps on a daily basis to end hunger. Starvation should be something people read about in history books – not a reality. It’s just as insane as slavery and the nazis. Yet we let it continue. Because we forget.
Let’s remind each other every day. Not so we can feel guilty, but so we’ll get off our couches and do something about it.
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