Are We the Capitol?

In Monday’s vlog Julian posed two questions:

“How can we break through the norms of our society that prioritizes the wrong problems, and do you think you do enough to help end world hunger?”

Easy questions, yes?

Right. Not so much.

They’re great questions. Don’t get me wrong. But I’ve been sitting here for quite a while trying to figure out what to say. And, the truth is, it’s been anything but easy.

And well, I suppose that’s the point. If the questions were easy to answer we’d have solved these problems long ago. We’d have no hunger and our society would be right on target as to what we consider a true problem.

Prioritizing the wrong problems is so embedded into our daily lives that we probably all do it without even thinking. We stress out about missing our trains and buses, forgetting to take out the trash, or not being able to do something we really wanted to do.

As Julian put it, “The Capitol [in the Hunger Games] is just a very exaggerated version of our own society.” And as scary as that seems, it’s true.

So as for Julian’s second question – honestly no. I don’t think I do anywhere near enough to help end world hunger. Do I want to change that? Of course. Is there an easy fix? Not at all.

Our daily lives are not naturally built around caring for those a world away from us, whether literally or metaphorically. They are built around our personal needs and desires. It’s often when others’ needs are brought to our attention – through an ad at the bus stop, or a TV commercial, or an HPA campaign – that we put an effort into making a difference and helping change what should never have existed in the first place.

So I am going to make a concerted effort to care as much about hunger in the months to come as I do during this campaign, right now.

Today’s question to you – What do you think we can all do over the coming months to help end world hunger and keep this true problem as a priority in our lives?

I look forward to your answers! Head over to our tumblr to see their answer to this question on Friday.

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3 Comments

  1. March 28, 2012 at 11:17 pm
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    Sorry for the tough questions, I do think that these sort of unanswerable questions need to be asked and discussed even if a direct response cannot be given. You did so wonderfully [:

    I think the main thing we can do as an individual-everyday-citizen is keep the discussion alive, keep this issue in the forefront. Sending food will help, yes, but as we know silver parachutes only help you stay alive at the moment and sooner or later you’re going to have to face the big picture. In the Hunger Games, the big picture is Katniss is in an arena with hypothetically 23 kids trying to kill her as well as other dangers and all of this is due to some deranged tyrant, President Snow and his rule over the bourgeoisie of the Capitol. The only REAL non-temporary way to end the Hunger Games is not by winning or staying alive as long as possible. It is by stopping President Snow and making the citizens of the Capitol feel compassion.

    The big picture in our world is that there are people starving all over the world that is due in large part to greedy corporations, corrupt governments, and the passive attitudes haves towards the have nots (not unlike the Capitol). These are the things we have to focus on and talk about.

  2. March 28, 2012 at 11:29 pm
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    and the passive attitudes haves have towards have-nots*

  3. JC

    March 29, 2012 at 8:26 am
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    Why would someone choose to be vegan? To help end world hunger for one! Here are two uplifting videos to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE and http://www.veganvideo.org

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