For several weeks I have been absent here, for a variety of reasons. I wonder if anyone noticed. Does it make any difference?
I have wondered about a lot of things.
I wonder why the 1% of the wealthiest people in the world feel compelled to have more. What will they do with it?
I wonder why some people go to bed hungry while the U.S. alone wastes about 31% of its food each year, or 133 billion pounds of food. Do Nicaraguan children throw food away?
I wonder how an elected official can be called a leader when he/she only represents a few wealthy citizens. Can one actually lead a “force” of, say, 12 people?
I wonder if President Donald Trump realizes that the man in the Texas floods who helped to save an infant who had stopped breathing is an immigrant from Guatemala. Does humanity have borders?
I wonder what the Earth will be like for my grandchildren when they reach my age. Will they still be able to breathe the air and drink the water? What will they use instead?
I wonder if there will ever be an end to poverty. Is there a statute of limitations on servitude? Who will free the marginalized?
I wonder why we think that teachers and social workers and the like are content to work for the love of the job and do not care about financial security. Is teaching and caring for others really that unimportant to our economy?
I wonder what would happen if doctors and other caregivers decided to treat only those people who were part of a “special club” and had paid their dues to join. Would that even be legal? What if you couldn’t pay the dues?
I wonder why I do so many things that I ought not to do, and leave untended so many things that I ought to do. Isn’t my intellect capable of informing me of what is essential?
I wonder who first posited that the poor seem to lead very happy lives despite their poverty. Was it a wealthy person seeking to assuage his/her discomfort? Is acceptance the same as happiness?
I wonder what would happen if men and women suddenly recognized what would happen in the world, if women were simply treated equally. Is there a genetic trait for equity blindness?
I wonder if there will ever be a female U.S. president. Are there too many men with money to allow that? Why would any woman want to join in that game?
I wonder whether any member of the U.S. Cabinet has ever missed a meal or been denied health care or been homeless. Would it make any difference in their policies?
Despite my lack of entries here over the past three weeks, it really has been a busy time, indeed….