It is often the hallmark of any controlling body, to placate large numbers of people by making a small concession so that they can take away a greater right without being noticed. Giving with one hand while taking with another, a sleight of hand done by a small group of people who are invisible to us all but who determine whether we have water, food and heat. Even those who live a rural existence have been urbanized by the internet. All the connections we have online are one flip of a switch away from being eliminated and none of us have any control over it. What will happen to the many families eroded by the online dynamic that has estranged them from their friends and family, groups living in the same dwelling but in complete isolation? How will individuals cope with the loss of this internet drug if the plug is one day pulled?

Human beings have been cast adrift by secretive past times online coupled with the need to avoid the responsibility that true intimacy within the family structure demands. We are a generation/culture devoid of emotional intelligence and maturity, perpetual children unable to exist without smart phones, ebay, fast food, grocery stores, prescription drugs, fake spirituality, celebrity culture and contrived politics. We are truly the lost generation and this haze of denial is sea fog thick, our undoing and the cause of what will ultimately be our species eventual end. At some point, some other group of beings will hold a human skull in their hands, an artifact to the previous race of creatures to inhabit the planet and they will say “They ignored each other to death.”

According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, 1 in 8 people are starving on this planet right now. This alone is proof that most human beings do not love anyone but themselves. This is factual evidence, that for all our technological advancement and social posturing, most do not care if others die for lack of a crust of bread. You can’t turn a corner in our society, flip on the television or flit around the internet without seeing cooking shows, restaurants, recipes complete with mouth watering photos, discussions about what was consumed that day and complaints about obesity and the need for weight loss. We have even armed ourselves with a few ambassadors of rationalization, the inspirational gurus, pseudo saviors who strut across stages, puking back to us the hokus pokus of this mass denial of our guilt in doing nothing to love, help and feed others. We know damn well there is enough food for everyone. It is this one basic right, the right to eat and stay alive that is the most important and the most violated on this planet. It is violated everywhere, not only the third world and yet, there are no picketers demanding that the government stop restaurants, grocery chains and farmers from sending several tons of food a year to landfill sites. Where are those who usually pounce on government buildings demanding changes in legislation, so that every single person eats every single day with no fear of starving? As always, silence, absolute shattering silence.

This is not about the government. This is not about the military. This is not about another country or culture. This is about ONE race: human beings. This the responsibility of YOU and I and no one else. Change happens when large groups of people make it happen. Even dogs in the wild keep each other fed, which says a great deal about humanity.



Author: valo

I am a poet, writer and activist with a special interest in human rights for children and women as well as the elimination of poverty worldwide. If you read this today, feed someone locally for me will you? Drop off a non perishable food item at the food bank nearest you and consider yourself hugged. Thank you!

2 thoughts on “HUNGRY HYPOCRITES”

  1. Hello Val B. Russel. Let me start by saying what a pleasure it is to read your blog again and how delighted I am to see that you have not lost your fire. I wish to also congratulate you on your success. I read about ten of your poems and they, as you, have evolved to being epic. The rhythm and words combine to bring thought and searching as well as tangibility to emotion. I am proud to say that I have been a part of this experience. This is your old friend Marcus T. Tolbert of 1markt and I am equally as proud to say this. As you may know my blog was suspended from wordpress for allegedly promotion of get rich schemes or promotion of products and services for profit, which I have never been involved with. The soul purpose for which I write is to expose truth and light upon the social and political spectrum of human existence and I will not back down. I have thought about you often while reviewing your comments on that blog and I am pleased to tell you that I can be found again at wordpress at I am looking forward to resuming our mutual disdain for those that cowtow and settle for anything. The necessity of those in power to make sure that population numbers are in check brings starvation as a necessity in achieving it even though it is a circumstance that need not exist. I feel what you are stating implicitly Val. Your voice has become powerful Val and I am very happy for you. Come by when you have a chance.
    Marcus T. Tolbert

  2. It starts with just one overture, one effort to give one meal to one person, by one person. Soon, it could become habit. You’re right – there *is* enough.

    We just need to do something with it.

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