Thursday, 1 May 2014

Personal choices matter

 Each time I see men and women rummaging in the rubbish heaps for plastic covers to sell for a living, something within me cringes at the monstority of my crime - where we live in plenty, and these people live beyond the limits of humanhood. I am a party to that crime.

If we step out of a supermarket with biscuits and there are hungry faces
on the street, we are implicated. When we live in houses built by labour which is to live in huts forever, we are implicated.

It is black-and-white. 'There is enough for everyone's need but not enough for everyone's greed'. We are the cause of another man's hunger - by claiming a portion beyond that which addresses hunger adequately.

Laws are made in such a way as to juridically legitimise what is essentially theft. We, the educated, sit in the planning commission and other committees and make laws that justify our positions. A poor man taking something to assuage his hunger is termed a thief. We, sitting on vast surplus, while fellow people are undernourished have termed ourselves in law as honest !  

In an ethical community, one person would not be allowed to possess more than twice or four times as another ... 'there is anough for everyone's need, but not enough for anyone's greed'.
In our 'future security (insecurity)', is hidden another's man's starvation.


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