If You Are Never Hungry, You Cannot Know God
The important point is that we should have concern for our neighbors. Every time we fill our own stomachs during a meal, we should develop a heart that we think of others who are going hungry and consider how we will help them.
True peace will not come as long as humanity does not solve the problem of hunger. If the person next to me is about to die of hunger, peace is a mere luxury.
If God is working desperately behind the scenes to bring about His original ideal of peace through thousands and the scientific millions of years of history, one should suppose that He is in dire pain from watching His children suffer.
If a human man suffers at the sight of his child's pain, shouldn't we think the ultimate God would feel even greater pain when He watches you and I suffer?
The times when you are hungry are opportunities to be nearest to God. When we are hungry and are able to look humbly at each approaching person as if he or she were our close family member and want to help him or her, then we are more likely to be fed.
Even now, some twenty thousand people around the world die of hunger-related causes every day. We cannot afford to ignore their situation just because we and our immediate families are not facing hunger.
Simply distributing food supplies by itself will never resolve hunger. A more fundamental approach to the problem is needed. The author of these textbooks on this blog, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, said he was a peace-loving global citizen and considers two fundamental and concrete methods to solve world hunger.
The first is to provide ample supplies of food at low cost, and the second is to share technology that poorer soieties can use to overcome hunger on their own. The issue of food will present humankind with a very serious crisis in the future. We cannot build a world of peace without first resolving the food crisis. However much food is neeeded, there is only so much sufficient land for farming. This cannot immediately be enough to supply food for the current world's population indefintely.
How Do We Solve Problem of Hunger?
The world's oceans hold the key to solving the food crisis of the future. This makes sense because when we look at the world, there is more ocean than there will ever be land to process food. All of ancient civilizations prospered from living near the ocean.
In Alaska, pollack smaller than fifteen inches long are used for fertilizer. They would make wonderful food, but people don’t know how to prepare them so they use them just for fertilizer.
As recently as twenty or thirty years ago, Westerners would give the tail of an ox and let Asians have it for free. Koreans are very fond of food prepared with the bones, or the intestines of cows, but some Westerners, especially Americans, do not know that these are edible.
When I lived In Los Angeles and recently went back last year, I went to a Korean restaurant where the customer cooks from plates stacked full of meat.
This is delicious and the highest quality meat I have ever tasted. Then afterward, to hear what part of the animal from which it came, such as the cow's intestines, I did not care because it tasted very delicious. My own family cooks pig's intestine and I would never go near it, it is all in the quality and preparation. They use every bit of the animal in Eastern civilizations. Every bit!
I know many Americans who cannot even stand to go into the fish markets, it is a horrible smell, let alone eat raw fish. I am a southerner, we eat fish of all kinds. We have ponds and lakes everywhere and we fish for dinner all of the time for recreation.
If starving countries can incorporate fish cakes or fish sausage and give it to the impoverished people this would be wonderful. Here is a direct excerpt from the autobiography:
"Once this thought came to me," stated Rev. Moon in his book, "I started projects to process and store large volumes of fish. It does not do any good to catch large amounts of fish if you cannot handle them properly after the catch.
"Even the best fish cannot be kept well for more than eight months. Even if they are frozen, and placed in refrigeration, air gets in through cracks in the ice, and water escapes. You could pour water on the fish and freeze them again, but by then the best flavor is already gone and the fish might as well be thrown out.
"Fish powder is 98-percent protein, among the very highest protein content of all food products. For this reason it can be used to save people from dying of hunger. Fish powder could also be used to
One problem facing this solution is that the days of the fisherman going out to sea for six months at a time leaving behind their life and fighting the strong currents is decreasing in the Western civilization as youngsters choose a different career path on land.
The oceans contain limitless food supplies, but the best method for saving humanity's crisis is through fish farming. Reverend Moon excerpt from his autobiography envisions how a world of peace will be once we tap more into the ocean's resources:
"I foresee that there will be buildings, similar to the skyscrapers we see in our cities today, devoted to fish farming. By using water pipe systems, we can farm fish in tall buildings or even on the tops of mountains.
"With fish farming we can produce more than enough food to feed all the world’s people. The ocean is a blessing bequeathed to us by God. When I go out on the ocean, I am completely absorbed in fishing.
"I have caught all kinds of fish in different countries. One reason I fish is so I can teach people who don’t know how to fish. In South America I spent several months showing local people my fishing methods.
"I took in tangled fishnets myself and spent three or four hours showing them how to untangle them. To secure adequate supplies of food at a low cost, humankind will need to develop the ocean. This and the great grasslands that are still in their prehistoric state are our final storehouses of wealth."
This is definitely a tough task as more of the younger generation lose the tradition and interest of preserving the environment and catching food on their own. It requires mounds of work and selflessness by going to places that are extremely hot and humid while keeping up the strong dedication to bring food resources to an area.
Developing the grasslands in tropical regions cannot be done without a love for humankind.
On the other hand, it is quite a difficult place to live. The weather is hot, and bugs that have not even been named yet are continuously biting. Reverend Moon explains more in his book how his visit went, and describes Jardim's people in detail:
"I lived in that place and made friends with all its various creatures. I walked around barefooted, feeling the red soil of Jardim beneath my feet, looking just like a peasant farmer. When I was at the river catching fish, I looked like the local fishermen.
"It is only when the local people look at you and say, “You really are a farmer,” or “You really are a fisherman,” that you are qualified to receive their knowledge and share your own knowledge with them. It is not something that can be done by someone who needs to sleep eight hours a night in a clean and comfortable bed, eat three square meals a day, and take naps under a shady tree.
"Because of this, the members who were with me went through some very difficult times. It was usual for them to be cutting bait early in the morning before they were completely awake. When we took the boat out, we had to cross through a number of other properties in order to reach the mooring site.
"Unlocking the gates to these properties in pitch darkness was difficult. One morning when the members were fumbling with a lock, unable to open it, I yelled at them, “What are you doing?!” I shouted so loudly and fiercely that I surprised even myself, so I am sure it must have been difficult for them.
"But I feel that I cannot afford to waste so much as a single second. I don’t have any time to be idly standing around. I can clearly see a list of all the things I must accomplish before there can be a world of peace, so my heart is always in a hurry.
"When I fished there on the river before dawn, the mosquitoes would swarm like a dark cloud. Their stingers were so sharp they would pierce right through a pair of jeans. In the predawn darkness we could not see the floats on our fishing lines, so we had to attach white plastic bags to them.
"I could not wait for the sun to come up. I was in too much of a hurry. I still miss Jardim. I miss everything about it. When I close my eyes, I can still feel the heat of the Jardim air pressing against my face. The minor inconveniences to my body were nothing. Bodily suffering passes quickly. What is important is that this place can one day play a significant role in serving the world. Being in Jardim brought great happiness to my heart."
It takes a lot of sacrifice for each of us if we want to help our global brothers and sisters. Let's be honest, this is work that we don't have time, patience or ethic to even achieve. But, it will be done in our generation.
Our selfishness in America to obtain the cheapest products, and abusing resources of underdeveloped nations for our own interest is not going to last forever and is crushing the world and it will soon crush our own. Soon, it will also be in America's interest to be a team player in the global situation, because we ourselves will need rescuing as well.
Hopefully, we will continue to support other countries instead of the latest trends to leave countries when they need us most.
Will World history repeats itself? It happened before in every developed society that lived for itself. Why should America be any different?
Hopefully, we will begin to work again what founded this country and that is to truly live with God as the center and help our brother and sister nations, and truly live God's dream and bring about His ideal world of creation He had a billion years ago.
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Return tomorrow for: Solution To End Hunger Brings Peace
Note: The text today came from "A Peace Loving Global Citizen" Chapter 7 "The Solution to Poverty and Hunger" which was taken from the author of the 8 great seminary textbooks Dr. Reverend Sun Myung Moon. To learn more about his Unification Movement, please visit www.familyfed.org.