“There is enough for everyone’s need but not enough for everyone’s greed.”— Mahatma Gandhi
You’ve probably heard this quote before, as have I, but somewhere amidst the recent earthquake, tsunami warnings, or more foreclosures news, the quote hit me afresh. There really is enough.
We as a global society have enough resources to rescue the hundreds and thousands from the rubble of natural disasters. We have enough food to feed every hungry mouth on the planet. We have access and the ability and knowledge to produce medicine and vaccinations to stop preventable diseases that kill millions each year. We have the resources to build schools and wells so that every child can grow up with clean drinking water and a solid education. We absolutely have enough, right now to do all of that and more.
Yet, in a neighborhood like mine, we sit with thousands of homes empty while hundreds of men, women and children, spend their nights in shelters and on the street. Nations like Haiti are ravaged and desolated by oppression and greed before any earthquake even came. And while global needs continue to mount, we sit around with millions wanting gainful employment, eager to contribute, resources no less plentiful to address needs, feed bellies, heal illnesses… we wait. We wait for the economy to bounce back, for numbers on stock tickers and data sheets to add up. We all wait. For what? We aren’t even sure.
And I’m well aware that capitalism, which functions on a main tenant that man will act in his own self interest, has had a hand in creating the wealth and resources to make many of the innovations possible, it doesn’t seem to be solving anything now. I’m not necessarily calling for global anarchy, but maybe global generosity. And maybe not global, maybe local, maybe just me. You’ve got to start somewhere.