It’s Not Our Rice, Even If We Paid For It

I found this on?Gerry Straub’s blog:

True compassion does not come from wanting to help out those less fortunate than ourselves; but from realizing our kinship with all things.

-Pema Chodron ?Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

From our supper conversation yesterday, I gathered the following: At school yesterday my daughter made an impromptu, but impassioned, speech at the lunch table. ?She feels that the cafeteria shouldn’t serve rice as a “filler” anymore. Kids throw it away. ?Yet people around the world can’t afford to buy rice.

Most of the kids had no idea what she was talking about, but one boy said, repeatedly: ?”It’s our rice, we bought it, we can throw it away if we want.”

I’m so glad that my daughter gets it: ?It’s not our rice, even if we paid for it.


6 responses to “It’s Not Our Rice, Even If We Paid For It”

  1. Lorraine Avatar

    Lol Ruth — yes, that was me. I love watching the kids at the children’s time. As long as I’m not the one doing the children’s time! heehee….. But, the middle and high school kids are great. I don’t mind them at all. I’m sure it’s because the little ones are so unpredictable — you just never know what they might say up there in front of the whole church. =)

  2. ruth everhart Avatar
    ruth everhart

    Lorraine, weren’t you the one who once said you weren’t so nuts about Children’s Time at church? Well, here’s a topic that is SO hands-on: sharing stuff. And you seem to have a passion for it.

  3. Lorraine Avatar

    Thanks for that book title — the Pema Chodron one. I’ll have to look into it. This whole topic has come up a lot lately in my house — it’s coming from the middle school (that’s my daughter). The social studies teacher has been leading a lot of challenging discussions with the kids. This school has something like 35 nationalities there, and any discussion of international issues becomes more real when there are people in the class who have relatives actually living in other countries. Actually living under political oppression, or in poverty. — The important thing is just to keep talking about it, and making sure our kids are aware and open. And that they hear us pray for these things in church (at home too, obviously — but I think the corporate church praying for the world sends a powerful message to the children.) — anyway… I love our middle school. Excellent life lessons, even if we do have to suffer through the darn SOLs. (not a fan of standardized testing here..) =)

  4. Sounds like a little preacher girl to me. : )

  5. ruth everhart Avatar
    ruth everhart

    Entitlement, yes, because the underlying heart-attitude really does matter. Do I deserve my food and other people deserve their hunger? Of courset not. And the truth is, there’s a connection between my food and their hunger. Farmers growing corn because of ethanol (not to mention our over-reliance on corn syrup) and so there’s an oversupply of corn and undersupply of rice and wheat. Our gas tanks and fructose-in-everything directly contributes to the lack of rice. The least we can do is have a sense of reverence for food, and pray a blessing on the hungry every time we eat.

  6. Lorraine Avatar

    Good for you for raising your daughter so that she “gets it”. I’ve had this same conversation with my own kids and I hope they get it also. One response is, of course, to say “well, it doesn’t matter if we eat this rice or throw it away, it’s still not getting to the mouths of people who could use it.” — and of course that’s true. This rice that I’ve bought, that’s sitting in my cupboard, can never go to someone who needs it. — However — if we waste less I’ll have to buy less. So I could buy an extra bag and donate it to the food bank. And, as I’ve tried to tell my kids, we can become more aware of the issues. Of what the global food market is, how it works, etc. — the problem is the huge sense of entitlement that so many people have. — well, sorry, didn’t mean to hijack your blog. =)

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