“A common anthropological characteristic of every advanced mammalian species that survives and thrives is the fierce behavior of the adult female when she senses a threat to her cubs. Our relative complacency while 17,000 children on our planet starve to death every day — one every five seconds — indicates a lack of positive intention, on the part of our species, literally to survive. The power we hold as American women is unmatched anywhere in the world, and our failure to use that power as effectively as we might on behalf of those who need us the most is a situation now ripe for change.” – Marianne Williamson
I dare you to watch this video and tell me it does not disturb you on a fundamentally humane level. It cut through to the core of my being – as a mother, as someone who earns her living feeding people, and as a woman who not too long ago traveled to this exact part of the world and will never forget the kindness and hospitality of the Kenyan people.
I am neither a political or social activist – nor am I pretending in any way to be an expert with the answers, but I do know we won’t find them if we continue to exist in indifference, looking only after our own.
Every child on this planet ought to be viewed as our own. Wouldn’t you do everything within your power to save your child from suffering like this? How can we possibly be okay with someone else’s child in this condition?
Natural and man made disasters happen everywhere. You only have to remember hurricane Katrina to know it could just as easily be our own child in need one day, so let’s pay it forward now. Please help the people in East Africa through this drought and famine by giving generously….
… and let’s open up a discussion on other ways to make a difference, too. Consider the compassion within awakened, and no longer able to turn away. Any and all of your suggestions on how to make a difference are welcome. Musicians do concerts – what can we, as a community, come together to do as our cooking version of Live Aid to help feed the hungry?