Am I So Valuable?
Am I so valuable that I should earn more money each day than many people earn in a year?
Am I so valuable that I should have others do my cooking and cleaning and gardening and childcare?
Am I so valuable that I should have too much to eat while one billion brothers and sisters around the world go hungry every day?
Am I so valuable that I should have a comfortable home while others live in the streets?
Am I so valuable that I should have the right to consume the world's resources to a point of unsustainability?
Am I so valuable that I should have ready access to the doctor of my choice while billions live without affordable health care?
Am I so valuable that I should enjoy a long life while many children do not see their first birthday?
I think not.
I think I am valuable. But I think the single mother who is struggling to raise three children, the teacher working in a rural Afghani school, and the 12-year-old boy who is now head of the household after his parents died from AIDS are just as valuable.
Everybody should be able to eat healthy food, drink clean water, have a cozy place called home, enjoy excellent education, and have access to quality health care.
Anything else should be considered gross injustice.
Injustice is the enemy of peace.
NOTE: Photo by Charlie Balch at stock.xchng.