9.4.08

eating bleach


In North America we are getting a little freaked out about the coming economic crisis. People are tightening down on their personal spending as the prices of gasoline and food increase. But for the most part many of us are living as usual and hoping that things will level off eventually. Chances are that will happen too with only the poorest of the poor feeling a serious impact.

How much do you pay for a pint at the pub? $4.50 or $5 perhaps? Then maybe leave .50 cents to a $1 tip. Let’s just imagine that it comes to $6 per pint including tip and you drink 3 pints. That $18 represents 18 days of what the average person in Haiti has to live on. People in Haiti at the moment are living on $1 per day! Can you imagine? What do you reckon you could eat if you had $1 measly dollar per day? And that’s not counting paying for education or even basic services like a roof over your head, electricity, medical services, dental, etc. The Caribbean is not cheap either. Just because it’s one of the poorest countries don’t mean foods are cheap.

I don’t know where I’m going with this. Maybe I’m reminding myself how good I have it. Maybe I wish to make a statement to the few people who stop by here once inna while. Maybe I feel guilty for indulging while others are storming their government offices chanting “we are hungry!” –risking being shot at by security forces like and left to die like dogs in the street. I wish I had answers but all I have are questions. It won’t be a surprise if Haiti becomes completely unstable and death rampant in the coming months. People there are trapped with no food, no fuel, and worst of all –no hope. Haiti boasts the only successful slave revolution in the New World. I wonder what Toussaint L’Ouverture would think of his country now. The effects of colonization and resource mongering are being felt as much as ever these days.

6 comments:

Gazelle said...

Yes - lots of questions, the same patterns repeating over and over, and nothing ever much changes...

Insanity.

Gaz said...

Food riots are breaking out across the globe as of late, it's not a myth......... bloody sad state of affairs in Haiti tho'.....pkfbwb

tres_arboles said...

I appreciate that you guys really care about this stuff, it shows a form of humanity that makes me appreciate you guys.

For some sobering, even sickening contrast, take a quick look at the discussion on the Surfer Mag Bulletin Board over the San Francisco Olympic Torch protest. Their making fun of people protesting human rights abuses by China. WTF? A real troglodyte menagerie, there.

David

Gazelle said...

yeah, tres - surfers can be (and often are) real big meatheads.

Diana said...

I stop by here on occassion to read your musings (which I really enjoy) but I had to add a comment to this one being that we are often discussing the same things here at home. I think it is crucial to remind ourselves just how fortunate we are. Hope all is well with you both.

Querido,
Dianita

asmith said...

There's an interesting look at how Haiti and The Dominican Republic, who share the same island, have made dramatically different and sometimes devastating ecological choices in Jared Diamond's "Collapse". Worth a look if interested.