Our Children Endure Hunger in Silence
It is called altruism; an act generated from the reservoir of humanity that resides deep within each individual. It is what inspires a woman to sacrifice sleep and the very substance of her body in the pursuit of motherhood. It is what inspires a man to absorb the stinging rebuke of a manager to maintain adequate provision for his children. Through altruism, the weaker members of society are supported by the stronger members and the genius of humanity is preserved.
One of those strong members reached an editor inside the American Broadcasting Company. The result was a 24 hour news-athon. The effort was beautiful. The day was August 24, 2011. Stringing relevant stories together, the news organization – the dreaded media of liberal and conservative attack – attempted to communicate, in human terms, what child hunger in America looks like.
ABC used a little boy from Boston, Massachusetts as their example. This child knows hunger so intimately, at two years, his organs were not developing correctly. His brain was not developing. Yet, the boy did not look like he was “starving” in the “traditional American concept” of the word.
His hunger wasn’t visible; it was internal. This distinction is much harder to communicate, because it cannot be visually demonstrated. It must be imagined in the mind, the place where hunger is suffered.
The experience of hunger tests the Will of an individual. ABC’s child example is not starving; he is malnourished. Mentally, he lives with the constant anxiety of where (and how) his next meal is going to materialize. Children possess very little physical control over if, and when, they eats. The child is constantly upon the alert for any, and all, opportunity to fulfill this the most basic of human needs.
Can you imagine the psychological impact of anxiety upon that child’s concept of being American?
We imagine that ABC news kept their child example clothed, due to how frail he looks. The nurse working with the little boy appears exaggerated in size. She chatters cheerfully, while he nervously fumbles with his fingers. We imagine the camera spooked the poor child; all this attention after so much silent pain. Finally, someone has intervened and prevented the full loss of his genetic potential. With proper nutrition, his genius is salvageable through the next two brain spurts of childhood.
So difficult is the task of communicating child hunger, despite this novel idea, ABC’s effort failed to inspire any significant debate on the national level. The issue of HUNGER didn’t even last a full news cycle. The issue came and silently, just like the children’s psychological pain, left our national consciousness.
It was as if the American Mind collectively sighed, mired in apathy and thought, “How sad, those poor children. I hope their parents get their act together.” Momentarily forgotten is the economic reality of a five year Recession. We live in an America, currently, where University professors are on food stamps!
In contrast to the acceptable Social Contract, the 2011 – 2012 debates to become the Republican party’s candidate for President of the United States revealed a robust callousness toward the American poor. Poverty was the result of a lack of personal initiative. Poverty is an unnecessary condition people purposely put themselves in through the mismanagement of their personal finances. Opportunity still exists in America for those who desire to access it. Poverty is the denial of faith in the American Dream. It is akin to economic-based treason.
Such emotion flies in the face of Recession statistics, making what they document less emotional and more intellectual.
Liberals and conservative news personalities strive to provide the American mind relief. After all, thanks to governmental intervention, many families receive (on average) $134 per month or $1.50 per meal. The human body is healthy with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich plus a glass of milk. Isn’t that why peanut butter was created? To provide a calorie rich protein supplement to meat? You can get peanut butter from any Church food distribution worth its salt. What’s the problem?
The problem is America is struggling under the effects of a five year Recession. Currently, the federal governments documents 5.83 million Americans accessing unemployment benefits. State-issued benefits are not wages. Wages earn a living. State-issued benefits barely cover household expenses. IF that!
Most pundits seem to agree that 5.83 million are the unemployed that we can count. An unknown number of citizens stopped looking for work two years ago. It is estimated that graduating college students in 2012 face a 50% chance of underemployment in today’s marketplace.
Thanks to National Pride, the pain of able-bodied, very talented professional men and women is endured silently. Almost in shame.
Can you imagine – even for a brief moment – the pain a highly intelligent – meaning conscious – parent must FEEL trying to handle their own hunger while watching their children experience hunger. When shelter cost must compete with food dollars, the result is a shelter payment. Those decisions are why America has 20.6 million (1 out of 4) malnourished American children, completely dependent upon governmental subsidies and charity networks to maintain their current state of malnutrition!
The By2015:AMERICA movement is ringing the alarm. Your action is needed now.
Will you choose to be an answer to the prayer of a hungry child? Make a contribution toward building a solution to child hunger. Follow this link: http://www.cmmalaska.org