2011-08-18 / Editorial

Scattering Seeds

BY JOHN A. MURPHY

It is profoundly troubling that while obesity is a serious problem in the developed world, famine and starvation is a chronic problem in many developing countries.

On a purely numerical basis, hunger and starvation affects considerably fewer people than obesity. At least for the present.

Famine is almost always associated with climatic circumstances. It is, however, not the weather that makes mass starvation inevitable. Rather, it is human folly - wars, genocidal policies, and sheer indifference - that prevents life-saving help from reaching the stricken area, and turns famine into mass starvation.

Once again, we are witnesses to horrific scenes of the human devastation in war-torn areas that have suffered prolonged drought. Children are primary victims. All too real is the absolute innocence of these suffering children, and the terrible follies of the world into which they had the unalloyed misfortune to have been born.

We are all responsible. We are all members of the human family.

The heartbreaking condition of unrelieved starvation makes the spreading epidemic of obesity absolutely obscene.

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