Have world peace
Stop world hunger
I have been warned already by some friends that I would be judged on my response to this post. I hope I don’t disappoint! 🙂
I don’t think peace is the answer to the world’s problems. It’s hard to sit down with others and reach an agreement when you are worried about the needs of your own people. What would be the motivation to stop conflicts?
As I have been trying to do with every post, I try to relate it to my own life and experiences. You might laugh, but I get emotional when I am really hungry. It’s embarrassing to say the least. It’s not the time for me to make any major decisions in my life, or to approach a sensitive matter with someone. Once I eat, then I can see things objectively. This is a minor “issue” for me that can be resolved quickly and easily.
Let us look at hunger on a bigger scale. What about countries that experience famine and poverty? What about the places that lack the tools and knowledge to tap into their natural resources? What about the countries that have corrupt officials with disparate levels of wealth, forcing their citizens to loot and harm others in other to get a scrap of food? I think a promise of peace between this kind of country and another is great, but it doesn’t help the person directly in his search for food to feed his family. When you’re hungry, it doesn’t matter that the server tells you that the meal will be the best you ever had. You need to actually see it, smell it, and savor it in order for it to count. It has to be tangible item, not just a theory.
I am not saying that hunger is the only reason why people commit crimes and go to war. Greed, selfishness, hate and pure evil are traits that can lead some to do those acts. However, I feel that if people didn’t have to worry about being able to feed their families or themselves, the population will feel more content. The feeling of desperation that many parents must feel when they see their children crying for food will be gone. If their well-being is assured, then they will be more reasonable, productive and open to negotiations. This can lead to talks of world peace, a lot more easily than world peace leading to an end of hunger.
What would you pick?