Most of us that can read this no longer live in a world of scarcity.
There are more cars than licensed drivers.
More money is spent on storage units than going to the movies.
Polly LaBarre points out, “The United States spends more on trash bags than ninety other countries spend on everything. In other words, the receptacles of our waste cost more than all of the goods consumed by nearly half of the world’s nations.”
There are more people than ever before in the history of the world that are enjoying increased levels of standards in living. Abundance has freed millions from the struggle of survival.
But just as we have been liberated by prosperity, we cannot be fulfilled by it. Abundance is not enough.
Three billion people in the world today live on less than $3 a day.
The richest eight men in the world have as much money as the poorest half in the world.
Think about that for a minute.
(Note: I’m not saying these eight men don’t deserve their wealth or haven’t earned it. Let shed the label of good or bad for a moment. I’m merely pointing out the distribution of wealth.)
As the gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow, those on the top (that means you and me) have to ask: Do we love what we have?
Unfortunately, we are the most in debt, the most obese, the most medicated and the most drugged up adult population ever.
But we can change that.
Once survival is taken care of, we can choose to do something that over half of the world doesn’t have an opportunity to do. We can choose to make a connection. We can choose to make a difference. We can choose to help someone. Not just a little, but a lot.
Tonight, many of us get to go home to a warm house and run clean water from our faucet. It’s a privilege to live in such luxury. It’s no longer a question if it’s possible to act; it’s whether we are going to decide to do so.