Today my 11year old Katie and I were able to watch the documentary Living On One Dollar together. This was a rare opportunity for Katie and I to get enough time together, with no other distractions, to just sit, hang out and learn a life lesson together. This documentary follows 2 college-aged friends as they go into the Guatemalan jungle and live within a village of 300 for 2 months on one dollar per person per day.
As Katie and I watched the movie, we were moved by what poverty really looks like. The people were not unlike us, except they did not have all of the material items that we have. Simple items from our day-to-day life were missing, like running water, electricity, cars, and television and often even food was not available. However, what was available, and in great quantity, was the human spirit. There was also a strong sense of community and pride. These two values were shown in all they did, whether it be farming, weaving or running a store, they were proud of their vocations and worked together. Each of the families had to work hard for what they had. Throughout the movie not once did we see a person begging for anything. They were always willing to work and work hard for what they had.
After the movie, Katie and I were able to talk about what we had seen. We decided that in America we take so much for granted. We have food on our tables, homes to live in and schools to attend. Many times in our society we demand these things as rights. It is sad that the work ethic of these people cannot always be found in our country. So many times people want something for nothing, because they feel they deserve it.
So what can we do to change this in our cities, towns and world? First we can teach our families to be grateful for what we have. One thing our family has been trying to do is to what we call malnutrition Mondays. On this night we eat beans and rice for dinner and discuss people that have less than us and why they have less and how we can help them.
Second we can show our kids and teach them that you have to earn what you have. Lets not just give them everything. Lets teach time that work is good and useful and ultimately builds character. We must each be responsible for this.
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