So, in my world, it’s the end of month. It is a time when the cupboards are barren and the bank account is a few cents above a dreaded negative balance. This happens almost every month. It sucks. Part of me really feels that social assistance for persons who are disabled needs to really start taking income support seriously.
As one counsellor said to me, “It’s 2015 and you live in Canada. You should not have to go hungry.”
But I do. And from recent conversations, I’m not the only one.
I admit, I’m a bit of a nerd and love to get on Reddit and discuss economic ideas and such. But really, that’s just entertainment. When you feel hunger pain, the will to argue falls by the wayside. I personally resort to sleeping through the hunger episodes until payday.
I realize, though, that I do live in Canada, and my experience of hunger is not comparable to other places on our planet. And it’s been noted that there is more than enough food to feed the entire planet, but that greed and protectionism do not endorse such a radical idea as everyone going to bed properly nourished.
What are the basics in life? Food, shelter, water, air, clothing… Maslow called these are deficiency needs. Basically, our basic physiological needs must be met before we can purpose our higher needs and explore our self-actualizing potential.
The policymakers and the government accountants, not to mention the grocery chains, don’t seem to care to adequately address problems of hunger, problems of homelessness, problems of clean drinking water, problems of co2 emissions.
If I ever need to see a picture of such willful destruction and ignorance, I am reminded of the oil fields set ablaze during the Gulf War.
Personally, I cannot feel okay about people going to bed with hunger pains. It’s perhaps one of the issues I would align myself with. I feel passionately that food and what we put into our bodies and the availability of it, should be a fundamental and prioritized right of all beings.
There is a quote from Gandhi that is carved into a rock in New Delhi. It reads:
“Before you do anything. Think of the poorest person you’ve ever met. Ask yourself if what you are about to do will help them. Then decide what to do.”
Tell me. Is a world where no one hungers a possibility in our lifetime?
Centuries from now, will hunger pain seem like a laughable impossibility?