Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Define Necessity.  Air, Water, Food, Shelter, Sleep, Medicine are all things we can and should agree are necessities and not luxuries.  Every human being must have air to breath, water to drink and food to sustain their bodies.  We can not even begin to address the very reason we were created, which is to love and be loved, when our basic human needs are withheld from us.

Imagine not being able to paint a picture, write a poem, sing a song, or create anything that inspires yourself or others.  If you do not have water to drink, you will die within a few days.

What if you could not fall in love, watch a sunrise, listen to the birds sing or smell the roses.  It would  not matter if you do not have food to eat, your body will die within a few weeks.

Yet, here we are living out our lives falling asleep to the reality that for much of the world, they can not get water to drink or food to eat and give to their children while many of us, myself included, feel deflated that the new iPhone came out because now our phone is obsolete.

Really? I can't believe I felt a sinking feeling in my stomach because Apple announced they are rolling out their new product and I just got the old one.  I have also been chewing my finger nails over which computer to get, a PC or a Mac (I got a Mac).

I am not saying that technology is bad, in fact, we MUST be learning and growing in all things technical because otherwise, we will be left in the dust as the spammers, the inventors of viruses as well as those involved in the internet porn industry continue to find new ways to get their "message" into the homes of every person who owns a computer.

We have this great technology yet I have noticed most of the news channels I get on my cable network, featuring shows like Jersey Shore and The Family Guy, do not focus on the reality that there are people starving to death in the 21st century and THAT is unnacceptable.

Right now, today, there is a crisis in Africa.  There are mothers who have to decide which children to leave to die by the side of the road because if they stop, not only will that child die, but the baby on her back, the 2 year old in her arms and the 5 year old she is carrying will die as well, so instead of sitting down in the dirt to doom her family to death, she leaves her 4 year old son, who can not walk any longer, by the side of the road as she continues on to the refuge camps where there might be food and water, if the radical islamic groups there have not confiscated it.

This is not a "scenario" but is a reality and is going on right now.  It is interesting that in 3rd world countries there are lines forming outside of buildings where people stand all night long so that in the morning they might have a chance to get a very necessary thing; food.

We have these lines here in the United States as well, however, after standing all night long, the people in these lines, hope to get in to a theatre, hope to get the latest greatest gadget or perhaps tickets to some great event.

We are living in a time where it is very easy to become distracted.  There is a magician on stage and his hands are quick.  All the while we watch one hand, the other is doing something that in the end, we will be accountable for.  Do not fall asleep, stay ready! It is very easy to become fixated on things that in the end, really don't matter.  The only thing that matters are human beings.  

While cars are necessary to get to work, is getting a new car every year a necessity?
While living in a home is necessary, is living in a home beyond our means necessary?
While having a phone is necessary to keep track of our families and communicate, is having the best and latest phone as soon as it comes out just because it is the best, necessary?

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