As we begin another new year, my thoughts are drawn back to Stop Hunger Now’s vision statement of a world without hunger. Ending hunger in our lifetime sounds so grandiose and unreachable. And I know there are so many that hear those words and think that such a vision can never be achieved.
Yet, I beg to differ with those with such short-sightedness. Every great achievement begins with the vision of its ultimate accomplishment. We have to be able to mentally see the goal before we can even begin to move toward it. Once we envision the results we want to achieve, all that remains is to work out the details to turn the vision into reality.
And that is where we find ourselves at the start of 2013. Our generation is posed to eradicate hunger forever.
We know that a world without hunger is possible. There’s more than enough food to feed our entire human family. All the other resources necessary to feed the world are in place. What then is preventing us from turning the vision into reality? Why isn’t it happening?
Cutting through the enormous complexities of global poverty and hunger, the simple answer is that the majority of the world simply does not care that 25,000 of our family dies every single day from hunger related causes. The poor and hungry are largely invisible. They have no voice. And to most of us, they simply do not matter.
Ending hunger in our lifetime requires those of us that care to become leaders in changing the way the world thinks about hunger, and about the poor and the hungry, themselves. We have to become the voice of the voiceless. We have to do whatever is necessary to make the tragedy of hunger visible to those in power.
Ending hunger in our lifetime requires us to step up on behalf of those too weak and too disenfranchised to speak up for themselves. We have to become thought leaders for a new way of seeing the world. We have to challenge both weak and untrue presuppositions and the status quo.
Now is the time for all of us who care to begin acting with far greater resolve and purpose on behalf of the least of these among us. We must be the leaders in the global movement to end hunger in our lifetime. It is our caring and compassion; it is our sense of justice that has the power to change the world. We just need to do it. And there is no better time than the start of a new year.