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Ending World Hunger: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Interesting words from a career soldier, don’t you think?

3.1 million children die each year from malnutrition. 13.5% of the world’s population is malnourished. The numbers are staggering but they are just numbers, too nebulous for most of us to wrap our brains around, and really just figures on the screen as you read this article.

Reading those figures we do not experience the pain associated with hunger. We do not experience the weakness or the decrease in cognitive skills. We do not feel the sensations related to the human body slowly eating itself, or the hopelessness as the organs shut down and death slowly but relentlessly wins a battle that was begun, for many, at birth.

Hunger has no political affiliation. It has no national loyalty and it knows no boundaries or allegiance to faith. It is the epitome of a democracy and it accepts all who qualify, and hundreds of millions qualify each and every day. It happens in the cities of the richest nation on earth and it happens on the Savannah of Africa. It visits Borneo and it visits Budapest, and it drops by for a cup of coffee and a burial in London, Seattle, La Paz and Toronto.

Is there nothing that can be done? Can’t we do something to end world hunger and give each person born a real chance at a good life.

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The Causes of World Hunger

Interestingly, and sadly, there has never been, in the history of the world, so much food produced. There is literally enough food produced each year to feed all seven billion people, and yet over thirteen percent suffer from hunger. How can that be you ask?

This is such a complicated topic. The World Hunger Foundation lists the following reasons for world hunger:

  • Natural disasters
  • War
  • The poverty trap
  • Lack of natural resources
  • Poor farming practices
  • Lack of an infrastructure
  • Lack of needed social services

I had a chat with my wife, Bev, the other day about world hunger. She asked me if I thought it was possible to end world hunger and I surprised her a bit by saying no, I do not believe it is possible. Looking at the state of the world as it exists today, I do not see any hope that world hunger will ever be eradicated. That is purely a realistic appraisal of the situation; that is me looking at a very painful situation with logic and basing my answer on all factors involved….given the current state of affairs, we cannot and will not end world hunger.

Let’s take a look at one country and see if my haunting prediction is realistic.

The Kingdom of Burundi is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is considered to be one of the five poorest nations on earth, and it has been rated as the least global of any nation. It has a history of poverty, corruption, war, genocide and horrendous environmental conditions. It has no infrastructure and thus no way to manufacture products or ship them to the rest of the world.

End hunger in Burundi? You might as well flap your arms and attempt to fly.

And I can list at least ten more African countries that fit that same description.

So what do we do about those countries? Some will say we mount a massive relief effort, and that industrialized nations need to step up and do their share….but wait…..

Industrialized nations have been “doing their share” for decades with little or no effect and…..

There are people starving in the industrialized nations, and now we have that whole nationalism thing going and millions who will say we need to take care of our own and let the other nations worry about themselves.

Oh what a mess!


It’s Time for My Own Opinion

As a compassionate human being I hate the thought of children dying this very moment because of a lack of nutrition. I ache for them and there are times I weep for them.

As a citizen of the United States of America, I am incensed that people are dying in my country because of a lack of nutrition. Unlike some nations in Africa, we have an infrastructure here. Unlike some nations in Africa, we have the resources and the wealth here. I can live with the fact that people die daily from cancer, road accidents, heart disease and countless others. I cannot live with the fact that one of the richest nations on earth allows its people to live in abject poverty and yes, allows its people to starve to death.

A friend of mine, Mark Weller, has become an activist for the related issue of homelessness. On his site he raises awareness about the hypocrisy of the richest nation on earth unable to provide housing for its citizens and by extension unable to provide sustenance for the body and soul for its citizens.

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My own thoughts

Are There Solutions?

Of course there are, but realistically very little will be done for many nations. I do not believe for a second that some poverty-stricken nations like Burundi will ever eradicate hunger. A roll of the dice, a cosmic game of chance, call it what you will, but some human beings do not have a chance from the time they draw their first breath to the time they die much too young.

Are there solutions in the United States, or England, or France, Germany or Japan?

Of course there are, and there is no logical reason why hunger cannot be stopped in industrialized nations within the next ten years, but it will require a complete shift in priorities. I wish I could say I have faith in our elected leaders, that they will do the right thing, the humanitarian thing, but I do not.

I do, however, have faith in every one of you.

Whenever anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of H.O.W. to always be there, and for that, I am responsible.

Humanity One World (H.O.W.) believes it is the responsibility of every citizen to do whatever is necessary to help those around us who are in need. We take it upon ourselves to lead by example, and we take it upon ourselves to be the instruments of change.

Change happens in a city when determined citizens take the steps necessary to affect that change. They organize, they protest, they show up at council meetings demanding, they offer solutions and they refuse to give up. They become the little engine that could, and they become the fly in the ointment, but they do not go away until injustice is eliminated.

Is there a solution? Yes, most definitely, and the solution is you!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”



Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 21, 2013:

Brandi, I taught for two years in a city called Beaverton, Oregon, a suburb of Portland....they do not have homeless in that city of 100,000. Do you want to know why? Because they passed a zoning law forbidding it. Police pick up the homeless and move them to the county line and tell them they are not welcome in Beaverton.

The insanity continues my friend.

CraftytotheCore on September 21, 2013:

Or better yet, jailing someone because they are homeless....

That happened to a homeless man in my town. He was the only one here for years. Now, they are standing on every street corner. You wouldn't believe what the town did! They published a newspaper article, held a public press conference, and put it in town meeting minutes that this town does not have a homeless problem. The homeless are just scamming people to pay their bills and they live in fancy houses.

I couldn't believe when I read that. I've met homeless people including the guy that lives in a public park, or the 3 that live near the train tracks. How deplorable of a town to publicly announce that people are only homeless to scam others! I couldn't believe it when I read it, and I still have trouble digesting those words!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 21, 2013:

Brandi, I am howling! LOL You could put the amount of respect I have for government on the head of a pin. Regulations, regulations and more regulations. We have had people fined in this city for helping the homeless without proper permitting. Is that lunacy or what????

I lose faith at times until I meet people like you and then I am renewed. :) Thank you for being the type of person you are.

CraftytotheCore on September 21, 2013:

When my town called for donations to a holiday food basket program, I answered the need by standing on the street corner after a week of baking and raised $600 in cash plus car loads of canned food. Another contributor saw what I did and donated $10,000 to fill the void.

When asked if I could help out in some way, the townspeople told me no. They were in charge. They didn't feel comfortable with some stranger helping. Yet, they were willing to pass frozen turkeys to young parents who had no oven and had never cooked one.

I simply suggested maybe asking for donations of minute rice instead of dried rice, because not many people know how to cook rice. Or how about I host a cooking class, free on me, about how to cook dried beans. My grandmother was from the south. I make a mean pot of pinto beans. I was told no, that was too much liability for the town.

Yet recently I saw the head of the town's food program in a newspaper article. I was amazed at how much weight she had gained! (wink)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 17, 2013:

drbj, it takes a wiser man than me to answer that question. I like to believe I have a heart, but I pass by homeless and hungry daily; I don't pass by Egyptians on my way to the grocery store. My priorities are pretty simple that way.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on August 17, 2013:

There is continuous conjecture, Bill, on TV about whether the U.S. should continue to send dollars ($1.5 billion annually) to Egypt since the coup by the military in that country. Why can't we use all those dollars to help feed the hungry in America? Just askin'.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 17, 2013:

Thank you vkwok; I greatly appreciate you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 17, 2013:

Jaye, it is a national shame and it is beyond me how anyone with a conscience could say the things these so called leaders are saying. Rhetoric is one thing, but these people appear to actually believe this load of pig crap.

There is no doubt there has been abuse of the Food Stamp Program, but name a government program where there is not abuse. Impossible to do....still, there is good in that program and necessity, and until someone comes up with a better alternative then I believe it is necessary to continue it.

Thank you as always for caring and being a voice of intelligence and compassion.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 17, 2013:

Good morning Marlene! Thank you for stopping by my friend. Hopefully the words of this hub will raise some awareness and in a small way make a difference.

Have a great weekend and I'll see you on bubblews.

Victor W. Kwok from Hawaii on August 16, 2013:

Really amazing and moving hub.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on August 16, 2013:

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives refused to fund the food stamp program last month. Rep. Steve King says food stamps aren't for feeding hungry people--they're an 'administration conspiracy.' Rep. Louie Gohmert thinks people who get food stamp recipients feast on luxury foods, splurging on such items as king crab legs. Laura Ingraham goes so far as to suggest that anyone needing help 'should be shamed at the grocery store.'

While House Republicans were insisting that food stamp recipients aren't really hungry, Fox News ran a 'documentary' called "The Great Food Stamp Binge" that supported this load of bilge.

I wonder what these politicians and so-called news analysts would do if they suddenly were without jobs, funds or food for themselves and their families. The food stamp program exists to keep people in need from going hungry while they get back on their feet.

Of course, the concepts of NEED and HUNGER may be foreign to politicians, many of whom are affluent when they assume office and, after sampling the largesse offered by special interests, certainly aren't in need. These people can't imagine going hungry--they haven't a clue. (I can't allow myself to believe that they can imagine it, but just don't care.)

I agree with Bill's suggestion earlier in this discussion that politicians should have to live off the results of dumpster diving for a month. I'd go one step further and include their families, so they could realize what it's like for parents to watch their children either eat someone's leftover scraps from the garbage or go to bed hungry. It's a lesson our so-called leaders need to be taught.


lovedoctor926 on August 16, 2013:

I agree with your views Bill. It's heartbreaking. Whenever I see those poor Ethiopian children on TV, I change the channel immediately. I wrote on this topic for your How Movement. Voted up! Have a nice weekend. Just signed up today for bubblews. I will connect with you soon.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 16, 2013:

Deb, there is so much wrong with the picture that I don't even know how to answer your question. Besides, I'd just be preaching to the choir.

Have a great weekend and thank you!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on August 16, 2013:

The sad thing about Africa, with all the corruption there in the poor countries, if seeds and farming supplies are sent, they could well be sold and the money pocketed on the way. Now HERE, there is no excuse with food stamps and such, but the worst thing there, is that someone needs an ADDRESS in order to get them. What is wrong with this picture?

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 16, 2013:

Thank you Mark!

Mark Johann from New Zealand on August 16, 2013:

Welcome billy.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 16, 2013:

Mark, that song is a perfect example of this hub. Thank you for mentioning it.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 16, 2013:

PS, I think many will read it.....the bigger question is how many will act on it? That seems to be where we got bogged down as a society. Everyone agrees it is a problem but few do anything.

Sending you blessings and a hug....and a big old thank you


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 16, 2013:

Alicia, I'm preaching to the choir here, but thank you!

Mark Johann from New Zealand on August 16, 2013:

I am thinking of the song made by Michael Jackson about Africa. Heal the world, make a better place. Thanks again billybuc for this wonderful thought.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 16, 2013:

This topic is very close to my heart as I have expressed right here on HubPages.

It is simply mind boggling that so many can be facing starvation on a daily basis. And we actually do not need to look far to find those hungry children and their families.

Keeping our attention focused on this topic and finding ways to help are ways we have to help in some small way.

This is so important...I hope many read this article, Bill.

Angels and hugs are on the way to you and to all of those who are hungry this morning. ps

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 15, 2013:

Thank you for another great hub and for continuing to remind us of our responsibilities, Bill.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 15, 2013:

LK, I always appreciate you stopping by. Thank you so much!

LKMore01 on August 15, 2013:

Powerful article, Bill and I agree with you whole heartedly. It is so difficult for us to imagine what starving to death would feel like. Thank you once again for the wake up call.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 15, 2013:

SilentReed, all valid points for sure. The food supply is definitely controlled by conglomerates and the waste in this country is unbelievable. Still, we could go a long way towards ending hunger in the United States if we made more of an effort to put people to work so they can feed themselves.

Thank you for your reflections on this subject.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 15, 2013:

DJ, for some reason I had no idea you were from MS. That explains a lot. LOL

SilentReed from Philippines on August 15, 2013:

I live in a developing country where hunger and malnourishment is a way of life for the poor. Like you I find it incomprehensible that people can go hungry in the U.S. which is bless with abundant natural resources. This probably has to do with the wasteful throw away lifestyle Americans have grown accustom to. According to estimate almost 45% of food supply in the U.S. goes to waste in one form or another. The amount of edible food found in dumpster diving can comfortably feed a family of six in a third world country for several days.

Another reason is GREED. Globally, a handful of food conglomerate control the food supply and distribution. While millions go hungry, they manipulate the food's supply and demand in order to maximize their profit in future speculation in the commodity stock market.

DJ Anderson on August 15, 2013:

Jaye, I like what you have to say.

We need people like you in government that would make people accountable for their outrageous spending.

You've got to be a smart woman from MS.

All us MS. ladies are smarter than we let on.

You go, girl!!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 15, 2013:

Jaye, do you honestly think I would delete a comment by you? You must know me better than that by now. Especially such a heartfelt and intelligent comment. I am sick and tired of my own government and I never thought this day would come.

Nothing I say can add to what you already said beautifully...and sadly...and I agree completely.

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a great comment.....you know, it benefits everyone if our people are working and taking care of themselves....why is that so hard for some to see?


Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on August 15, 2013:

Bill - This is a valuable hub with a much-needed message. Twice I tried to write a comment, but couldn't keep it to a reasonable length or uncontroversial, so deleted what I'd written. I don't want to hijack your comments section, so I'm going to try again. If you think I overstepped again, just hit your "delete" button. I'll understand.

Hunger and homelessness would not exist if politicians had the right priorities, and politicians with selfish agendas could not be elected without votes, so what does that say about voters? Taxes spent on feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and providing healthcare to the poor are not wasted funds. That doesn't mean, however, that billions of taxes are not wasted. They are...every day.

I personally feel that funding a decades-long war that should never have been launched is an extreme waste, not only of taxes, but of human lives. That's a big-ticket waste, but there's lots more money--our taxes--being flushed down the toilet in numerous ways, from small to large...largely the result of politicians figuratively scratching some campaign supporter's back.

The Heritage Foundation publishes an annual volume that lists the most wasteful U.S. federal spending projects of the previous year, some of which are so outrageous that reading this report can make a sensible person want to scream. How dare they throw away our taxes on studying swine manure in China (a 2012 tax-funded project of the EPA) or subsidizing Amtrak's yearly loss of $84.5 million for snacks (Amtrak's never broken even in ten years) ? And why do we let them get away with such waste (of which those two examples are only tiny drops in the bucket) when this country is teeming with homeless and poverty-stricken children and adults? Why???

We ARE, or should be, our brothers' and sisters' keepers, at least those who are in dire need of a helping hand. No one is immune to homelessness and poverty--no one, as the Wall Street crash of 1929 and subsequent Great Depression taught quite a few of that era's wealthy, who went from riches to rags in one dreadful day.

Voted Up++++


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 15, 2013:

Jo, I love your last point.....measured by how we treat our weakest....and yes, giving is a last resort. Fixing the economy and putting people to work is what is really needed. Bravo to you my friend and an excellent reflection on this horrible problem.

blessings always


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 15, 2013:

Dianna, thank you and yes, it does make us realize that. I am thankful that I am no longer homeless and that someone cared enough about me to give me a hand when I needed it.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 15, 2013:

Ruby, God bless your soul. I know you give and then give some more, and your last point is the right point....fix this economy and put people to work in the country....then we will slowly see hunger eradicated in the U.S. Thank you for the thoughts.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on August 15, 2013:

Hi Bill, I read this last night but the brain was too tired to comment, where is the Siberian ginseng when you need it? :).

Poverty is something we should all be ashamed of. That said; I have to agree with the person who commented about contraception and taking responsibility for our action.

Giving people money, do not enable them, it makes them dependent, it tells them that their negative behavior is OK, there will always be someone there to pick up the tabs. That someone is me and you, the tax payers.

In places like Africa, the innocent pays over and over again as the rich and arrogant use the well needed resources to wage war, we watch helplessly as more babies die from hunger and malnutrition. If a society is measured by how it treats its weakest members, we have a very long way to go. This one hits us where it hurts, and it should.

Dianna Mendez on August 14, 2013:

Always find your posts inspiring and this one is tops on my list. As we continue to work with the homeless, we are discovering how much one single meal means to their outlook of life. It makes you realize how important it is to eat healthy and be thankful for your food.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 14, 2013:

The thought of people starving anywhere in the world is deplorable, especially in the USA. I give to fight hunger in poor countries, but you must be careful, some organizations give very little to the needy, i read they only give a small percent, the major portion going to salaries. The Salvation Army feeds anyone who is hungry, but sometimes getting there is difficult. The solution rests with people who will give and the government caring enough to stop bickering, come together to heal our downward economy. Another great hub Bill...

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

I know there are those, Carol, who believe in giving freely to the 3rd world nations, and I admire them for it, but until the day arrives when ever man, woman and child in America has food to eat, I will tailor my rants for the United States. :) Thanks for the visit my loyal friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

ahorseback, thank you very much for your kind words. As for the hunger problem, I agree completely with your summation. The waste in this country is incredible and shameless.

carol stanley from Arizona on August 14, 2013:

It bothers me terribly that people go hungry...I know many corporations such as McDonalds often give surplus food to the poor..Just looking at all the food that is thrown out from restaurants is enough to feed many families..And I believe in helping other nations,,,,but why not ours. Millions of dollars go to starving people in other countries. Everyone deserves a warm bed, food to eat and clothes to wear... There is just so much waste...Well written as always Bill...

ahorseback on August 14, 2013:

Billybuc , we the most philanthropic nation in the world , the most militaristic , the most economically sound , the most [supposedly ] advanced nation in the world . Have GOT to get a handle on our own government leaderships directives, stop space waste , war waste , economic escalativve waste ! This hub jumps out at the most conscientious of us and yet , can we change the fact that Yes , even American children ......starve to death ?.....you have an awesome conscience !......:-D

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

True words Ruchira, as I have come to expect from you my friend. Thank you!

Ruchira from United States on August 14, 2013:

Well said again, Bill

As I always reiterate to my kid...there are many who don't get to eat and thus, we have no right to waste food.

We ought to learn to respect food and only then this important ingredient of life will give us life...

Sharing this imp message across!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

Anna, I totally agree that giving people a means to live is a step in the right direction, and yes, DJ wrote a powerful comment that saddened me as well. Thank you my Scottish friend for stopping by.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

Deanna, I suspect it is better today but not by much. This is one of those problems we know about but do very little about....until it happens to us and then we are outraged by the injustice of it all. :) Thanks for your reflections on this topic.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

Liz, thank you for the compliment. I would love to see our government take some proactive steps to solve this problem rather than just keep giving food assistance. Putting people back to work would be a huge step.

Anna Haven from Scotland on August 14, 2013:

Bill this was poignant and realistic. The problem is huge, increasing and one that needs addressed. The money spent in our world on destruction should be used for education and giving people the means to live.

Your words are powerful and birth a message which should be heeded.

D.J. when I read your 2nd comment I was so sad. I would have felt exactly like you did. Sometimes this world leaves me without words.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on August 14, 2013:

You are an awesome writer, Bill and great message there. I wish we would try to end hunger in the U.S at least for I think that is more feasible than ending world hunger. I do like D J Anderson's answer too. Makes sense to me! Great hub, as always!


Deanna Balestra from St. Louis, MO on August 14, 2013:

Back in the day (oh so long ago it feels like) when I was a teacher, I did some work at an inner city school where the kids could hardly get through the day because they had skipped the last several meals. This is before most school districts in my state started offering a FREE breakfast program to all students - I'm sure that has helped in the last few years but teaching back then it was something that I never forgot!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

Cris,that was worth far more than two cents. :) Thank you for your perspective and I can't see a thing in what you said that I could disagree with.

blessings and love to you my friend.


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

Dora, I'm willing to bet he was right, that they were more concerned that he used the word 'damn.' and that is sad.

Thanks for sharing that.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on August 14, 2013:

Somehow, I'd like to blame it on the ruling class and for their love of money, which is the root of all evil. Greed, in short. Graft and corruption. But then again, in some countries poverty is caused not only by greed but as well as lack of education and lack of employment opportunities; compounded with laziness based on a cultural belief that the government with their dysfunctional political system is responsible to care for them plus the proliferation of extreme passivity and contentment to rely only on dole outs.

It is heart-breaking to see the plight of the poor. I am here willing to listen to the voice of the poor and economically-deprived nation but what can I do, I am myself in need. My government is a huge sucker of tax...we get taxed from cradle to grave.

There my two cents for you Bill and some love from the sky.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 14, 2013:

Bill, I heard of a pastor who said to his congregation: "There a half a million damn children dying from huger, as we speak. I bet you're more concerned that I said 'damn' than that there are children dying from hunger." We'd have to focus on what's really important.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

Jackie, what an interesting suggestions for a politician...corner the hungry vote group. There are a few million votes out there just waiting for some politician to care.

Thanks for your insights my friend.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 14, 2013:

Politicians worry little about anyone starving but if they got smart you would figure they could get these people on their feet and buy their vote. I mean it is never their money they are throwing around anyway. But I agree, this world will never see the end of hunger. ^

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

Stephanie, I have thought the same thing at buffets I have eaten at. People will pile food on several plate, eat half of it and throw the rest away......I simply do not understand that kind of irresponsibility.

Thanks for mentioning that, and for stopping by. It's good to see you.

stephanieb27 from United States on August 14, 2013:

A quote came to mind while reading this hub- Live simply so others may simply live. We went to eat with my parents at Ponderosa on Sunday. They are known for their buffet. While we were there I thought about how crazy it is that we have these buffets with endless amounts of food. You pay one price for this unlimited food so to some it doesn't matter how much gets wasted. We as a whole throw away so much food and there are people starving.... :(

DJ Anderson on August 14, 2013:

Bill, I feel that I need to follow up with an explanation.

Twenty years ago, on a very cold Christmas Eve, I found a newborn baby in a mall parking lot. She was in a bag of trash with only her head an arm visible. She had died of exposure.

If only we had found her earlier......

That imagine will be with me for the rest of my life.

The city paid for her burial...they gave her the name, "Eve".

The thought of "if only.." will haunt me, always.

I have cried many tears for her......for "Eve".

This is the emotional side of heartbreak for the abandoned

newborns. It is very real.

Thanks again for letting me sound off.


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

DJ, I don't know why that would upset some people...it's the damn truth. The problems in this country, and many countries, are so extensive as to appear impossible to solve. When parenting became a part-time job in this country, and in other nations, the entire fabric of our society became worn and unraveled.

True, there are some countries where having more children means having more workers on the family farm, but those cases are few and far between....having more children is not an advantage in industrialized nations....no way no how....and individual responsibility would be a huge step in the right direction.

I rather liked your dog in this fight. :) Thanks for sharing an honest and intelligent opinion.


DJ Anderson on August 14, 2013:

Bill, I am going to throw my dog into this fight.

On the whole, I totally agree with you.

On the other side of this discussion, I wonder why no one ever

considers birth control for those who cannot care for themselves, must less a baby.

There are children having babies/there are entire countries

having babies for which they cannot provide.

We have to prove that we are responsible citizens before we can get driver's license. We have to qualify to buy a home.

We have to prove that we can provide for a child before we are considered to be adoptive parents.

Hell, we have to prove that we can adequately provide for a dog or cat before we can be considered to adopt a pet from the pound. Additionally, the pet shelter follows up for months afterwards on the dog we adopted.

I realize what I am saying will not set well for some political views or religious views. It sure as hell beats the view of watching a child starve to death, or finding a newborn in a trash dumpster.

Birth control, people, birth control!

My next door neighbor is an RN and her 17 year old daughter is due to have her baby, next month. The mother blames herself. She said she would advise any parent to put their daughter on birth control to avoid the situation she is in.

The daughter will return to high school, leaving the financial responsibility of the newborn to her parents, who both hold

full time jobs.

To get to the root of the problem, we have people having babies who can not adequately provide for them---leaving the rest of us feeling guilty that we cannot take care of hungry, cold children....when birth control would have prevented the


There, I have had my say. Thank you for listening.


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

Without a doubt my friend; without a doubt.

Cygnet Brown from Springfield, Missouri on August 14, 2013:

I don't believe in blaming anyone including myself. What I do believe is that I need to take responsibility for the things that I can change, and those things involve me. As Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see."

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

cygnetbrown, truer words were never spoken, but nobody wants to hear them...that might require taking some of the blame and thus being responsible for the solution. :) Thanks, I'll check out the documentary.

Cygnet Brown from Springfield, Missouri on August 14, 2013:

Hi Bill,

I heard profound question yesterday. The question was what is wrong with the world? I AM. What is the solution? I AM. It was from the documentary by Tom Shadyac by the title "I AM". It is available on Netflix.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

Lizzy, I'd like to kidnap the political leaders and make them survive on dumpster diving for a month, then send them back to Congress and see what kind of changes are made to our failed system.

Don't even get me started with suggestions....they all include some sort of physical discomfort for politicians. LOL

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

Thanks Sha.....end world hunger? I don't think it's going to happen, but I know for a fact we could end hunger in the United States.....and we will if more of us speak out.

Liz Davis from Hudson, FL on August 14, 2013:

Well, I brought her some flowers and so here I am.

You are right on: there is plenty of food to feed the entire world. We don't need genetic engineering to increase production. That will just give us more food to throw out. The problem is financial and political. The same is true for fresh water--we have one of the richest men in the world going around giving polio vaccines to people who have no access to clean water and we call him a philanthropist. What a crock! Our corporations sure have us fooled.

It is disturbing that we have people starving here in our own country where logistics aren't an issue. Remember those dumpster diving videos I sent you? Sooooo much food is thrown out each and every day. Maybe not the healthiest food in the world, but a box of cereal or crackers would save a child from going to bed hungry. Shameful and disgusting.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 14, 2013:

What a powerful plea, Bill. I thought of The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday to Today as I was reading this. The issue of world hunger has been a thorn in your side for a long time. It's a very sad situation, to say the least. I found it appalling that only 5 countries out of the 22 that have pledged to help end world hunger have actually walked the talk.

I'm sharing this on FB. Let's see if we can't get people outside of HP to join H.O.W. We can make a difference one person at a time.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2013:

Janine, I can't imagine life without passion or compassion, can you? :) Thank you!

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on August 14, 2013:

Yet again couldn't agree more with your overall message here and seriously thank you for always being such wonderful person and the voice of reason. I honestly couldn't have said it better. Bill, thank you for your compassion my friend, always!

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