Yes, 22,000 children are dead, but that’s because 22,000 children die because of poverty. However, before you get all uppity, that’s 22,000 children dying because of poverty every day – it’s not 22,000 children dying because of poverty every minute or second or something horrendous like that. That would be too much, even for me. Oh, and that’s children under the age of five. So, 22,000 children under the age of five die because of poverty every day… just to be clear! I’m not sure what the stats are for 5+ but i’m sure they’re online somewhere if you’re bothered. I’m sure they are as equally low key too.
Plus, to be fair, that’s a statistic from Oxfam, and it is only an approximate. It’s not like exactly 22,000 children under the age of five die every day… that would be mental. I mean, imagine that God does exist, right, and He had created a law whereby only a maximum of 22,000 children under the age of five could die every day because of poverty, probably thinking ‘well, that’ll never happen’, but then here we are, the over-achieving little species that we are, hitting our quota day-in, day-out, bonus in the bag!
Man, I think it would almost be worth having exactly 22,000 children under the age of five die every day because of poverty just to have such a law revealed to us. Religious people would LOVE it! How are those little smart-ass scientists going to explain that away? Of course they would try to, but, really, this would be a major victory for religion.
Sadly, exactly 22,000 children under the age of five do not die every day because of poverty. On a good day it could be as low as 20,000, and that’s not all that bad, all things considered. I mean, do keep in mind that there are SEVEN BILLION human beings on this planet, of which absolutely plenty are children, and it does begin to feel a little bit like protesting the deaths of 22,000 children under the age of five every day because of poverty is kind of like complaining that a crumb fell from your big cookie.
Perspective is important. As is looking for silver linings. It’s very easy to grumble about things and make out that our world is this big, terrible mess, but, to be honest, I think that has much more to do with their own ungrateful, negative, whining mindset than any actual, horrific, brutal, desperate, unnecessary, disgusting, shameful world reality. If it was 22,000 children under the age of five dying every minute / second / whatever then i’d be the first to consider making a monthly donation of £15. As it is, it’s just the 22,000 children under the age of five dying every day because of poverty, and i’m not sure what big deal is.
Life is short, and, whilst i’m certainly not against helping other human beings, I do think that balance is important, and there is a danger of becoming a bit too concerned with ‘starving kids’ and forgetting that we all have our own problems too. So, consider this permission from me to spend a bit more time thinking about your own special needs, and a little less time thinking about those unfortunate, pitiful, desperate brothers and sisters of yours.