This post is probably a little bit more of a rant, and less about the work that is going on down in Haiti, but I feel like it goes along with talking about the poverty that exists around the world. I apologize if its a little uncomfortable or if I seem too self-righteous.
I think that often times, here in the states it is easy to forget about those that are suffering around the world because we don't see them on a regular basis. Even when things pop up on the news from time to time about starvation or poverty around the world, I think it doesn't really resonate with Americans because we don't want it to. If we start accepting the fact that there are real people dying right now, then we would be forced to make major changes in our lives. Maybe if we were to go without eating at the expensive restaurants then others could have something to eat at all. I will be the first to admit that there are a lot of changes that I could make that I just don't want to. I could give up more comforts and it would probably save lives somewhere. Those of you who know that MMDR is changing its name to LiveBeyond have likely already heard me talk about this, but I think the name represents a lot of what Americans need to think more about. We need to begin living beyond our own comforts and luxuries, so that those living in poverty can live beyond their next meal. So that children can live beyond their first birthday. So that mothers can live beyond their pregnancy. So that entire countries can live beyond starvation and unclean water.