Its interesting, KB.
In one of the programs we do at our outdoor education/sustainability campus is an evening where the students get to learn about how much people from around the world spend on food for a week. There are about 20-30 slides of families photographed with the entire week's food laid out with a caption that reads what the total cost is (US$) and sometimes what the favourite meal is for the family. The photos are taken in either the main living room of the home or kitchen. It contrasts families from the wealthy west that spend up to $350 per week on food to a family living in what looks like a refugee camp in Chad who spend approx $3 per week on a few small bags of grains and pulses. There are some interesting observations that are made with regards to the family composition, relative wealth, the amount of processed food, snack food and pet food. https://www.google.com.au/search?q=what ... 80&bih=666
The evening then progresses to the 'poverty dinner' where students are divided into three groups, the numbers in each group representing (broadly) the amount of people in three income groups. Low income being the most populous and high income being the least. The students in the low income group then sit outside and are given a potato for their dinner. The middle income group get a potato, sour cream, and some soup - but not enough soup for everyone. The students in the middle income group get to sit off the floor. The four or five students in the high income group sit at a table, and are waited on and get served a three course meal. All the students can see each other. Its a great learning exercise and it helps to open the eyes of some very sheltered rich kids of some of the disparities in the world.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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