Please head over to Aspen Leaves to Acacia Trees to read a great, thought-provoking post from my friend Jim, a missionary in Kenya. He’s got a great perspective on the “Occupy” movement here in the U.S. and wealth distribution. While you’re there, I recommend you poke around their blog for a few minutes, and perhaps even consider supporting them financially; they’re looking to make up about $250 a month in support.
Here’s an excerpt:
My parents visited last month and we celebrated an early Christmas with them – ham, cranberry sauce and all. After eating, I took some of the traditional meal to our yard-worker, Edward. He had a great time trying all the foods. He really liked cranberry sauce, enjoyed the ham. His favorite part was the stuffing; he didn’t care for the olives. NONE of it was familiar to him. After he’d eaten it and had seconds of the stuffing and that precious cranberry sauce he asked, “You eat like this every Christmas?”
“Yep.” I couldn’t admit to him that I would have normally eaten twice the amount he’d just had OR that we’d had a meal like that only a month ago when we celebrated Thanksgiving or that we’d probably do it all over again when Easter came around.
“Wow!” Wonder filled his face. That he couldn’t really fathom being wealthy enough to eat one meal like that was obvious – and Edward’s a guy living on MORE than two dollars per day – better than over 50% of the world population!
I’m rich. I use the internet, own a car, buy health insurance, have running water (hot water, no less) and listen to an ipod. Maybe I’m not the one percent – but I eat until I’m full.