Do you consider yourself a kind and giving person? Do you attest to caring for others and wanting this world to be a better place for your children, and their children? Do you want to live in a better world?
I'm pretty sure that most people we meet would say yes to that. But how many honestly need to answer yes to these, too:
Do you buy more than you need? Do you spend money daily or even weekly on small or large luxuries to make your life easier, knowing full well that many do not even have the bare necessities? Do you buy yourself jewelry or designer something "just because"? Do you get more than you give?
|Family home in rural Siberia.|
|Russian teens make do after leaving the orphanage.|
Our wealth is not our own. If we have while others go without and we do nothing, or simply give a little to relieve our guilt,?how can we live with ourselves If we know of even one person who suffers the humility of poverty or hunger while we stock our cabinets full to the brim, how do we dare fool ourselves into thinking we are caring people?
|Only food source for far too many people in the world.|
Call it what you want, but if God or the world or "fate" or whatever else you wish to call it shows you another human being suffering. How can you possibly then go on your merry way, shopping and laughing and surrounding yourself with needless stuff (or even just isolating from others' needs and self-soothing) and not know that a day is coming when you will have to explain yourself.
Warning -- there is no acceptable explanation for what you are doing. Wake up. Wake up before it's too late. Behind all your laughing and shopping and whining and complaining about mundane things, there is a world of people dying. Don't say it is not your problem. It is. Don't say there is no easy answer, there is. Know of a need? Fill it. Hear of a need? Respond to it. See a need? Embrace it at once and make it your own.
We live in a world of hypocrites and self-serving wealth that is stagnating in the hands of those who have everything. Want to really give? Give until it hurts. Want to truly be part of the human race? Look someone's need and want in the face and do something about it. Feel you have a god-given right to complain about the state of things in our world? Then you better damn well have given all you can emotionally , physically and financially, before I hear you.
My heart is heavy. The disparity is sickening. The cries of those in need is deafening. I want more people to hear their cries. I want more in a position to do something to join me in trying to FIX it. I am so grieved. I see so much sorrow and poverty and so many people turn the other way, and the world spins madly on.
|Sveta, age 5, and Roma, age 4 -- Russian street children. |
Taken by my cyber friend Hannah a few years ago in Moscow ( underground.)