I know it’s getting pretty late, but most procrastinators don’t sleep till 1. Maybe a couple of people would see this as they troll through facebook.
Tomorrow, I will be doing the 30 Hour Famine within my church, which as you can tell by the title, is basically a mini-famine that lasts for 30 hours. It basically shows how I am symbolically remembering the people who are not as fortunate enough to have access to food like I do.
And man, are there a lot of people.
Every day, 20,000 people die from starvation related diseases, and globally, 925 million people are afflicted with hunger. That is a really big number, but lots of us won’t be able to visualize it. I would like you guys to imagine or visualize being surrounded by this instead. Don’t just see 925 million and think, oh they are all far away from us, picture as if your family, and your friends, and your nation was struck by this. People wouldn’t be able to study or learn, and people wouldn’t be able to cope with day to day life. Everything would be about getting food.
Even though we have such a large food surplus, there are still so many hungry people. That’s why our program is raising donations to bring meals to children in need, and perhaps alleviate a bit of hunger in the world.
However, I know that the actions of myself, or even of a community, or a city or a state, would be able to permanently change those ways. I don’t have huge ideas that my little pithy contribution would be able to change the way the world works forever.
I do not romanticize my mini-martyrdom that much.
Instead, I hope that through these actions, we would remember.
It isn’t through the specific monetary actions that we would be able to change the world, no. It is through our ability to remember these things, and keep them in the nation’s consciousness that is important. These ideas, that are so often swept under the rug or just blatantly ignored, affect huge populations and is so crucial in their lives. If we don’t forget, and don’t let them just become another one of those issues that could be solved in the far future, that would work wonders. Even if there aren’t immediate changes, our presence, and our remembrance, would bring renewed hope to others.
And also, even if we aren’t able to solve the entire problem of hunger, for those who we are able to reach, we can change a whole lot about their lives. I’ll end with a favorite story:
A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied,“Well, I made a difference to that one!”The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.