Whose God?

Ananda Day - Senegal


July 28, 2009

Ever wonder if why you’re alive is because you were born on the winning team? Ever looked at the TV and thought about how this is really happening?
Ever said something stupid with no idea how powerful those words would be? Oh, I don’t know what to say, oh, whose god would want it this way?

– The Benjy Davis Project

Take a globe up in your hands, maybe start spinning it like a basketball, and let your finger land anywhere. It may land of one of the seven continents, of which six are inhabited. Within those six continents, then lie many people. Of these people, therein lies a massive disparity. Simply put, there are those with money and opportunity, and those without money, who have never been given a chance. I have the privilege of being born in the United States, one of the richest countries on the globe…and it still has widespread poverty. So there are rich and poor people in America, just as there are in say, Rwanda. What is the big deal then, is there really a difference?

Resoundingly, yes. In America we have free public education, healthcare (however good or twisted you find it, we still have it available), orphanages with supplied food, free vaccinations, easy transportation, food stamps, subsidized housing, welfare, the list goes on. The point is, we have these things. We have them, and the opportunities that they allow us to capitalize on. When one is in a country where little to none of this is available, the access to opportunity is drastically cut off. Children across the world cannot go to school simply because they do not have one to go to. Parents work every second they have, only to see their families starve.

Maybe next time your shopping in a supermarket, or you send your kid off to school, think about it. Think about how simply because you were born somewhere, you were already winning in life. You might come to the conclusion that it’s not exactly fair. The next step? Do something about it!

Ananda Day