I’m always amazed at the ingenuity of humans. I’m also amazed at our ability to allow our fellow humans to suffer.
I’m writing this post on a laptop computer that has more computing power than what was used to get Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the Moon and back in 1969. I’m flying in a Boeing 757-200 with the 178 other passengers at 35,000 feet scooting along at 457 knots just passing over Tampa Bay on my way to San Jose, Costa Rica. I know this because I’m logged into the Wi-Fi network on the plane that is connected to the Internet and I’m tracking the flight on FlightAware.com. We’re going to land at 9:04pm CST , 14 minutes late after traveling 1701 miles. The program tells me the air routes planned, the gate we left in Atlanta and the gate we’ll arrive at in san Jose, the duration of the flight and eerily, and I mean REALLY eerily, the website also sports an advertising box scrolling at the bottom of the screen with various selections of products I was looking at for a gift for Corbyn’s upcoming 21st birthday.
So where am I going with this? The tecnology I just mentioned is just one example of what we can dream and what we can do when we’re motivated, yet, by the time I finish this post, upload it the blog, send it to Facebook more than 200 children in the World will have died of mal-nourishment. A staggering 6 million children die of hunger every year (this number doesn’t include adults or the elderly). To put this into perspective, 33 states in the U.S. have populations of 6 million or less.
We can solve this problem. In future posts, I’ll provide information about how this problem is not one of food production, but of food distribution and what we can do to errardicate hunger. Humankind does not lack the ingunity or intelligence to feed all the people of the world, we lack the resolve. That is what needs to change.
Mike (currently 35,000 feet above the Florida Everglades)
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