Let me share with you today a tiny fact about myself: I am not a fan of the "one-liner" - you know, simple statements that try to address complex issues. But, as I pondered that thought, I realized there is a distinct difference between a "one-liner" and a "little nugget of wisdom". A "little nugget of wisdom" could, at first glance, look like a "one-liner", but I would say the difference between the "one-liner" and the "little nugget of wisdom" is that the "one-liner" is the last stop in shutting down communication, whereas the "little nugget of wisdom" is the first step to opening up communication.
If you have read many of my blogs, you are probably thinking to yourself right about now, "I bet she is going to share a little nugget of wisdom with us." You are correct! The little nugget is a statement I read on an Internet thread, the subject of which was how much is the average daily wage of a person in "an impoverished country." (I am intentionally not naming the specific country because the 'nugget' is not about that particular country, but about the idea of the nugget in general.)
This is what someone wrote regarding how much many of the people earn: "Too much to die; too little to live." That is a powerful statement, one that is meant to propel us forward, in thought and in action. I cannot imagine an existence that would rob me of peace and contentment more than being caught in between death and life. To live fully is to know peace. To die fully is the pinnacle of peace. To be suspended between both would be utter torture.
The solution is too complicated for one simple blog post. But, as with many things I write about here, the first step is giving it thought. Consider the power of that brief statement - that the people earn "too much to die; too little to live." It is a profound call to action. We can't sit idly by when there are those in the world whose existence is suspended between life and death.
What can we do? The question is not rhetorical, it is personal. Let us each work to discern what our answer to that question might be.
Your ponderous friend,