Dear Friends and Readers,
I don’t think any child should ever be left homeless, or hungry, or without healthcare, or without an education. I have a hunch that you might agree.
This video is worth watching. And sharing.
If you are like me, and tend to skip passed the videos as you skim, here are a few tidbits:
- 1% of US Americans hold over 40% of the nations wealth
- The bottom 80% hold just 7%
There are a hard working and generous people in that top 1% who are deserving of wealth.
And there are a hell of a lot of people in that 80%, hardworking and generous people in that 80%, who deserve to be able to pay their rent and put food on the table for their families.
Average estimates for the cost of living for a family of four are close to $50,000.
$50,000+ is the highest income bracket for families at my Club. I work with mostly middle/working class families. Families with multiple incomes. Families with breadwinners who have been to college and are working professional jobs. And yet this $50,000 + per year box is rarely checked.
When hardworking adults, who have made all the right decisions along the way, who are and have always been law abiding citizens, who have chosen to pursue education or training to further their careers, and who are working multiple jobs, when they still cannot make ends meet, we have a problem.
I don’t think any child should ever be left homeless, or hungry, or without healthcare, or without an education. I have a hunch that you might agree. And I cannot begin to imagine what it is like to be a parent working 60+ hours a week to provide for my children, and still not be able to afford these basics.
And I can just begin to imagine what we could do for hardworking families and for kids who don’t have the basics if this wealth was more equally distributed.
What if, just what if, instead of holding 40% of the wealth, the top 1% held just 30%. And what if that extra 10% belonged to the rest? What if through strategic tax breaks, or better schools, or nonprofits, or churches, or college scholarships we were able to re-distribute, not a lot, but just a little? What if kids only had to worry about their grades and friendships instead of whether they were going to eat or where they were going to sleep that night?
It’s time for change.
Advocate, give, inform, educate, vote, encourage, empower, protest peacefully, and do whatever you can do, in the best way that you know how, with humility and grace, to be a catalyst for change. Because we desperately, desperately need it.
Our sense of wealth, poverty and need are certainly distorted in comparison to the developing world, but hunger is hunger no matter what flag flies above. No wonder we can’t seem to empower other nations to achieve fair wealth distribution. No wonder we can’t eradicate so much of the conflict, hunger, disease, etc associated with poverty beyond our borders.
We can’t fix in someone else what we haven’t been able to fix in ourselves. Remove the log from your own eye before the splinter from another’s.
We need to keep trying, and keep moving forward, so that all youth, everywhere, regardless of nationality, have not only the basics that are needed to survive, but also the resources and support that are needed to thrive.