Monday, January 18, 2010

100 000 Souls

The world is an interesting place. In Haiti right now, people are turning against each other, fighting to the death to get a mouthful of food, yet at the same time, in a place where teamwork does not make the difference between life or death, Austrian trucks drive through Vienna, over flowing with day old bread to dump as waste. Even closer still, as the Haitian people grow weak with famine, across the gulf an average of 14 percent of American food, is subject to the waste bin. It may be pointed out that due to the chaotic state of the countries facilities, progress of aid and relief have been massively disrupted, slowed, and even rejected. Regardless of the type of disaster, this is not an uncommon phenomenon, however to broaden the scope, this draws an interesting parallel to our modern human existence. As we entered the 21st century, there were two records our race succeeded in achieving. There were two important things mankind had “the most” of; starvation, and food. Slightly hypocritical, I might add. Of course this is understandable, but it is slightly disappointing. In terms of food resources, we didn’t just have enough for the 6 billion human inhabitants. Our current system, as stated by the UN, can support 12 billion mouths without fail. There is, without doubt, a massive laps of a skill strictly enforced by pre school teachers alike; sharing. Meanwhile, as 100 000 people die, each day from starvation or it’s immediate consequences, Americans now consume as much chicken in a day, as they did in 1932. Though the catastrophe in Haiti is inarguably colossal in effect, it brings my thoughts to a much larger, much more global issue. The projected number of souls lost to this horrific disaster last Tuesday, is on par with the number of souls lost every day to the ineffective distribution of food resources. There is such a call to action to aid the Haitian people in these dark times, should their not be similar attention given to the daily struggle of over 842 million people who simply do not have access to the more then plentiful garden of the Earth?