I have never called it duty, but I love this quote by Bukowski, my favorite contemporary poet. My entire adult life has been consumed with a burning desire to create a world without hunger. That focus has led me to over 100 countries and more areas of conflict and devastation than I can count, and it has introduced me to an entire world of caring and compassionate people who live to make a difference in the lives of those most in need.
Now, as the flames are starting to burn a little less intensely I am gratified to see that the world has finally realized that ending hunger in our lifetime is a significant priority. I am gratified to see that the United Nations has set a measurable goal of ending hunger by 2030.
Whether I see a hunger-free world or not, the ashes of my life will forever hold the warmth of all those who have given themselves to this grand, glorious and world-changing vision. Thank you, one and all, for caring enough to help end hunger in our lifetime.
A man can only do what he can do. But if he does that each day, he can sleep at night and do it again the next day. — Albert Schweitzer
Ending hunger is much like eating an elephant. It can be done, but it’s not going to happen in one meal.
We can, and we should, end hunger in our lifetime. However, it will take determination to make it happen.
Ending hunger in our lifetime is difficult, but never make the mistake of thinking it is impossible. Each of us only need to do what we can today. Then tomorrow we do what we can again. Like any great endeavor, eradicating the scourge of hunger requires great perseverance.
The secret to changing the world to a place where hunger is just a memory can be found in a Buddhist say that I have always liked. “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is to keep on walking.”
Persistent effort will get us to the day when we have a hunger-free world. We aren’t there yet, but we are closer than we were yesterday. And tomorrow is another day. Let’s just keep walking until we get there.