A Widening Gap
People go hungry because they are poor. We cannot come to terms with hunger unless we deal with poverty. And we cannot understand poverty apart from a rapidly growing gap between the haves and the have nots of the world.
Poverty in most countries defies the imagination. Peter Drucker has said:
What impresses the outside world about the United States today is not how our rich men live--the world has seen riches before, and on a larger and more ostentatious scale. What impresses the outside world is how the poor of this country live. "Up to Poverty" is the proper slogan for the great world-wide vision and improvement.
Drucker has a point. Where in our own cities do you see--as you can in India-- people carrying buckets of water from or bathing at public water taps, emaciated cattle wandering in the streets, women scooping up piles of dung for use as fuel, children picking out undigested grains from the dung for food, people sleeping in the streets, urinating in the streets, begging in the streets, competing for garbage in the streets, and dying in the streets?