Tonight, I attended a glamorous wedding party in Ritz Carlton, an elite hotel known worldwide. The party was fabulous. I indulged myself in the amazing party set up by the event organizers and in the heavenly foods. However, as I moved around the room, a different thought came to my mind.
Is what “we” are doing right?
By “what we’re doing,” I don’t say that holding a party is wrong or guilty of hedonism. However, there is something else about big parties. Something else that is nothing for some people, yet painful for others.
As I walked around the room, I couldn’t enjoy myself anymore. What I found around the room was an outstandingly huge amount of wasted food. Hundreds of plates stacked in the dirty-plate tray, filled with huge chunks of premium-quality ribs, discarded cakes, and sometimes an amount which doesn’t fit the term “leftover” anymore, like a whole plate of pasta still untouched. Heck, you can even feed a whole orphanage for days with all those food.
Why do most of “us” do that?
Do the comfort we can enjoy everyday made us forget to cherish the things we are fortunate enough to have? While we’re enjoying our lives, countless people out there are working their asses everyday to get nothing but enough food just to keep them alive.
I don’t generalize rich people, of course. I know many of them also earned their wealth through hard work or excellence, but while some of them overindulge themselves, they rarely remember that there are countless people starving out there.
Dafuq? Dude, you’re saying that by finishing our plates, we can reduce starvation? Wow. (sarcasm)
No, that’s not my point. What I meant is, instead of overindulging in food, why don’t we spare some money or food to share with the less fortunate? Instead of wasting excess food, why don’t we get food in an amount we can manage, so nothing will be wasted? Think about those starving kids in Africa, and how pitiful it is to see food wasted in vain.
You’re saying that we don’t spare charity for those in need? Who are you to think that?
Nah, I don’t think like that. Like I said above, I don’t generalize rich people. There are also many who donates their fortune regularly, but I thought that it would’ve been better if more people do the same, too. What about me? Honestly, I don’t intend to boast, but I’m not a hypocrite; I also donate quite often.
It may look trivial for some, but when you look further, the number’s not trivial at all. In just one glamorous party, I said that there were wasted food “enough to feed an entire orphanage for days.” Let’s say, if everyone stopped wasting food, and those excess is given to feed the starving people, man, I think solving the world problem of hunger would have seen a huge progress.
So, let’s respect our blessings more, stop wasting food, and do not fall into overindulgence (and by extension, hedonism). The smallest action you do with love today is a big gear that changes the world.
Have a good day!