Eating Words Won’t Satisfy Hunger

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.”
— Nelson Mandela

Photo by Raphael Schaller on Unsplash

A couple years ago I made several blog entries regarding the world famine crisis. In one of those blog entries I used the phrase “idiot legislators”… which for many is a relatively mild accusation, but in my case it feels unkind to be so harsh. At the time I felt a need to write a response to what I had written, which I now share with you here.

Put yourself in the shoes of our legislators. What would you be doing right now about the energy issues and economic challenges and international food supply issues our world currently faces?

Personally, I do feel that efforts to convert farmland from food production to energy production can be easily labeled idiotic, especially when it uses as much energy to make the energy it purportedly saves.

When people make stupid decisions, this does not mean they are stupid people. A lot of smart people make stupid decisions. I have made my share. This does not mean I am a stupid person. When I jumped out of a moving car, for example, it was a stupid thing to do. I still aced most of my tests in school.

So, as I eat my words I’m noticing that there’s not a lot of nutritional value in words. If there were, we could have our printing presses do overruns on every job to feed the hungry. Words in abundance would pour forth from our shores. We’re already bombarding the world with words through radio, and other media. And here I am pushing out more words through my fingertips onto computer screens potentially visible around the globe. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, an empty tummy needs food, not words.

I myself do not have an answer to this crisis since I myself do not have all the facts. My hope is that those who have the facts will be able to sort things out and make decisions based on truth. What we don’t need is for moneyed interests to determine national policy for personal gain. It is in this sense that I do not always trust our legislators. We cannot lose sight of our global interdependence.

Have a nice weekend. Just a little food for thought.

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