wrestling with the snake

Several people have recently congratulated me on my work anniversary with Stop Hunger Now. I officially founded Stop Hunger Now on January 1, 1998, 17 years ago. Before that I was co-founder and co-director of the the Society of Saint Andrew for 18 years. That’s 35 years of walking along side the poor and hungry, trying my best to end the scourge of global hunger. A lot of folks have asked me why.

Those questions remind me of Gandhi’s response when asked about of his involvement in politics.

If I seem to take part in politics, it is only because politics encircle us today like the coil of a snake from which one cannot get out, no matter how much one tries. I wish therefore to wrestle with the snake.

Hunger is biggest, scariest snake in the world. It’s the most obscene and most unnecessary evil of our age. Most of us try to ignore it, flee from it, or throw money at it…hoping it will just go away. What is actually needed is for us to destroy the snake once and for all. I, for one, will continue to wrestle with the snake.