Starvation of the Soul

There are many hungry people in the world. A lot of them are women. And many are still girls. We all know it, don’t we? We have all seen the pictures of starving children on posters, buildboards, or on TV. I know, I see some every day and we cannot possibly talk enough about it because according to statistics, almost 900 million people in the world are undernourished.

However, there is also another kind of famine, which noone ever talks about publicly: soul famine. It can happen to anyone and although it doesn’t depend on financial resources, poverty almost always makes it worse.

So what is soul famine? It is when you don’t thrive, even though you have access to education, food and medial care, a job, friends, relationship, enough money. When you “have it all” and yet something is missing. Some people try to fill the void with alcohol, food, cigarettes, TV, shopping, gossip etc. It never works. What helps is finding vocation, meaning, fulfullment.

I know, I know, we actually do talk a lot about this stuff. But mostly it is all about the “Western world”, as if meaning and fulfullment were some kind of a luxury you can only afford in a rich country. However, it is much more important in poor countries, because a happy and fullfiled mother is always a better mother and certainly a better role model. Just think about all the businesswomen, athletes, artists who waste their talent, because their countries lack resources. Think about all the children who learn – in this very moment – that it is okay to give up on your talent, because this is the way the world works.

Wasted talent is just as bad as wasted food. We have to stop it.