Last week we all heard the tragic story of a mother who killed her own children in despair. In her statement to the police, she said that her husband was an addict and continued starvation and hunger forced her to commit such an inhuman act.
For most of us, the incident was merely a sorry reflection of the psychological disorders faced by the helpless mom, but in reality, this is more than just that.
Just think for a moment. Who is actually responsible for that? The mother of these unfortunate souls? Or the addict father? Or the family? Or the ehl e mohalla, whose sheer ignorance did not allow realization of the family’s agony? Or the filthy politicians (as usually they are always responsible for all those acts?) or every Pakistani?
Each of us having the resources more than the need is responsible for this and other incidents like this? May be we are too busy in our own life that we give a damn to all that (even this piece of writing). Who cares, buddy, you would say. Just sit back, relax and enjoy your meal.
The world is a strange place. People die of starvation and hunger, even though there is plentiful on earth. there are nearly seven billion humans are on this planet, they cannot even bear that much in aggregate as it is bearing this time.
Surely the world is too much crowded like never before, too much population means, more scarce resources, BUT which means that the food is scarce. But the situation changes when you see the food supply on the global level. The world produces 2,720 kilocalories per person per day of food, way more than that needed to feed everyone on the globe.
The Food is not scarce. Not at all. It never was!
The case is similar to what we see it for homeless people. While there are 100 million people are who don’t have a home to live, we can say that housing is scarce. In fact, there are millions of empty homes as well. The United States alone has 19 million vacant homes. And there are many which can be made if the resources are purposefully utilized.
It seems that there are plenty of resources to meet the need for all of us. However the reality for many of us is they are scarce. Most of us will strive very hard to obtain these very basic necessities and it is clear to most of us that these are scarce to us, “not because they really are, but because we don’t have the money to pay for it”.
So is the money is scarce? What is actually behind these pieces of papers? It is the greed…. Which makes us insane; not all of us of course, but the greed of the few is responsible for the suffering of the many. Someone has rightly said “yes there is plenty for the human need, but not enough for the greed”.
By Faizan Ahmed,
He is a gold medalist from University of Karachi and a regular contributor for Awaz-e-Pakistan.