Charity versus Abundance. That’s the conundrum, yet simplistic premise we will explore here. Abundance by its very dictionary definition is, the situation in which there is more than enough of something: So what is the something? Well Its food, shelter and healthcare. The basics of humanity. But millions of people are dependant on these needs being met by gifts of generosity , not necessity when resources clearly exist That is the strange charity versus abundance dilemma.
There is enough food to feed the world. The world produces 17% more food per person today than 30 years ago. But close to a billion people go to sleep hungry every night. That’s the food aspect conclusively highlighted. So now lets look at shelter. According to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, there is an estimated 100 million homeless people worldwide.This is a startling statistic when you consider how affluent some parts of the world are. There is ample food production and ample resources for shelter. So lets close this factual triangle of human needs against clear surplus by adding healthcare into the melting pot. As I write, over 1/3 of the world population does not have access to the medicines essential to their health and survival. A famous quote encompasses this perfectly ‘The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed’. -Mahatma Gandhi — The music to accompany this blogpost and to support this quote is ‘Every Little thing’ by Peter Doran.
It is therefore clear that our planet is abundant in both food and resources. These resources are as is widely known being aggressively depleted. But as of this moment in time they exist. However in order to disperse these most rudimentary of needs, we need money. So is there an abundance of wealth in the world to facilitate this requirement. Simple answer, Yes! The richest 1% now has as much wealth as the rest of the world combined, according to Oxfam. So by no great calculus, evenly distributed. Whether abundance exists or just adequacy, The wealth is there.
Charity versus Abundance
So lets pass a cursory eye over charity. In its purest form charity is the benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity. Generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering and aid given to those in need. Well there is a plethora of ‘good causes’ that I can recall from memory, more likely a multitude though! But the key and most troubling term in that whole definition is voluntarily. In every crevice and corner of this planet there lies a cause. But why are we dependant on the generosity of a miniscule proportion of mankind so that we can all receive the most basic of care.
So lets drag ourselves back kicking and screaming to the opening exchange. The deeply unequal equation of Charity versus Abundance. I Am either naïve, or just clinging on to the romantic notion, that we all deserve the bare bones of humanitarian care. If abundance outweighs need. Then why does charity even exist. Its an oxymoron of global proportion. It is painfully evident that the battle of charity versus abundance is perversely one sided.
Every little thing you think that you need
So why was the scribing of this post particularly prevalent now, When there is always loss, desolation, depravation and fear existing in every walk of life everyday.Well I live on an virtual intravenous drip of music every single day of my existence. Its my lifeforce if you like. I can draw emotion, purpose and understanding in every aspect of my life from it. The music that inspired this post was no epic ‘earth song’, no triumphant ‘feed the world’. Its a little acoustic ditty about what you have is enough, and what you want is not necessarily what you need. Its a beautiful basic song suitably repetitive in verse and chorus, that just pokes the neurons into a deliberative state. ‘Every Little thing’ by Peter Doran. Dwell on the song a while. It applies to most of us.
What music spikes your philosophical musings. Music that taps deep into your psyche, and makes images and memories flash from your sub-conscious to this moment it time. We’d love to know?