In a land of plenty
FROM: ED TAYLOR NORTH EAST
In America, we cannot argue that we do not live luxurious lives. Now if I were to ask you what the main cause of death is in the world, what would your response be? Would you be surprised to hear that it is not heart disease, cancer or car accidents?
The main cause of death in the world is actually none of the above. What if you found out that hunger was the main cause of death in the world? What if you found out that 10.9 million children under age 5 die in developing countries each year and that 60 percent of those deaths were due to malnutrition and hunger? Would you live differently or would you immediately spring to action?
I am here to inform you that all the above is true. Many of us are so un- aware of these facts. We have the world at our finger tips, yet remain ignorant and indifferent. Why? Maybe because it would require us to feel hurt for someone and maybe because it is hard to see past our own wants and struggles. We have a vague misunderstanding of our rights here in America. We think that running water, our smartphones, car, etc., are our human rights, but they are not. We go our whole lives focusing on ourselves.
I refuse to reach the end of my life and realize I did nothing but satisfy myself. In a land given so much, why does less than 1 percent of our budget go toward foreign aid? In a land given so much, why do so many of us go broke buying stupid things? It will never be enough. You will always want a nicer car, a bigger house, a fatter wallet or a larger TV. Do not waste your life chasing things that will never satisfy you. Like I did, I am sure many of you will hold true to your misconceptions, but do your research and look into how beneficial it is to help lift people out of poverty.