In a world encased in the tiny bit of technology called the micro- chip and the “sim”, it is odd that there is another existent reality that nobody is prepared to acknowledge; the human one. In his homily a priest asked a few youngsters what their perception of life really was and many gave out answers they thought that people were keen on listening to, few spoke the truth and yet, they were completely on par with thee events on television, the “whats app”, the Face book, etc. news feeds. Many had heard and debated about the “air” disasters but few even acknowledged the tragedies striking closer to that part of life hitherto heard of, seen or even reported.
Is the young world is a truly plastic and shallow one? you think…. Is there no depth to their ambition or is everything measured in terms of the “moolah”? And out of the blue comes this young girl who is different in every way that counts. For her 21st birthday she started a “Circle of Hope” and celebrated it with the kids who she felt would appreciate and need her brand of loving more than a simple party bash, like so many others do. She held an exhibition of paintings and sold them all to give the proceeds to her “Circle”. Asked why? She replied:
– I have what I need. Where would I go with what is surplus? I have no need of what is simply very often a waste and so I would rather make sure that all of it goes to those who have “Nothing”. This year she celebrated her birthday again in what is today called a “Slum”. This too with a huge number of children, some of whom had no clothes or wore hand-me-downs.
She opines that: society in general has not woken up to the harsher reality of poverty. In practice, it is very often an exercise to give off what one does not really “need”. Does one really give in such a way that is costs? It is time we woke up to the fact that life is to share, care and love. What is the purpose of so much that we would rather let waste than give?