Monday, July 25, 2011
Drought is my opportunity to do something
I remember watching tv when I was small about drought and famine happening in Ethiopia and other African places. I remember feeling like a kid--someone who couldn't do anything.
Now I'm a grown up. And I still feel the same way.
In reading other news this morning, I saw the 1' x 1.5' photo link to a news video. It was tiny and not calling much attention to itself, but I was so horrified by what might be there that I had to close the web page.
It's easier not to know.
Ignorance is bliss, or something like that?
I get to enjoy my ignorance while others are suffering?
No, Lindsay, this is wrong.
I was able to come back to the video later because I also found a link to Compassion (or there's Samaritan's Purse--or any number of other reputable charities), a way I can at least do something small.
It doesn't help--not me or anyone else--to ignore the suffering of others.
I'm not a helpless kid with an empty piggy-bank watching tv on the other side of the world anymore. And I'm sure not one of the helpless children, malnourished with so little hope for eating today.
I was hungry this afternoon because I was lazy. I had no electricity and couldn't use my microwave to warm up one of the many choices of leftovers sitting in my fridge.
Laziness and discomfort are all I suffer from.
Oh selfish, lazy me.
I choose to take the opportunity to be a little less selfish and self-centered today.
If you are reading this on a computer, you are one of the wealthy. You can do something.
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Disturbing but something we need to be aware of so we can do something. Even if it is to bring awareness. We cannot & should not ignore. If we tell others about it, even if we ourselves cannot be there to help/support/give, maybe somebody we connect with, can.
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