History from the Future is a series of articles that I will base on my beliefs of how people will think of our society and the issues we face in one thousand years. I will focus on issues from world hunger to paying people one dollar an hour to make phones while asking the question, how will people view our society in one thousand years?
America is one of the largest food wasters in the world. According to the Washington Post, we waste a staggering $165 billion in food every year, yes billion. That amount is around 40% of all of the food in the United States. America produces enough to feed about 600 million people and nearly 40% of that is wasted. With the volume of food that is thrown in the trash in the United States, it is absolutely ridiculous that anyone on our planet could be starving. The fundamental issue is that we would rather let food be wasted and rot than give it to people who are malnourished. How is this going to look in one thousand years?
I think about what future people will say about the society we built and the values which we hold when we can’t even grasp the concept that everyone is as important as the next. We look back on Genghis Khan and we think of him as atrocious because he killed five to ten million people over twenty years. Khan’s actions may have been unacceptable, but hunger kills just over nine million people a year. That would be as if Khan came back and repeated his killings, but performed his actions at a far worse extreme. As a culture we are committing this atrocity of starvation. As long as we don’t have to see the people starving in front of our eyes, we act as though the issue does not exist. A metaphorical wall is put up so that we don’t have to fight with the reality that people are dying from hunger while we toss away food because it is not up to our taste standards. This problem merely exists because most people don’t view it as their own issue and will only confront the tragedy if it is their own child who is screaming for food. It is a fundamental issue with the structure that we are built on. We are blind to the care of people as a whole and we selfishly focus on our individual wants and needs.
I picture a boy in a future history class, if that even exists years from now, raising his hand and asking, “Why didn’t they just feed everyone if they had the food to do it?” Well, to answer that question we have to understand what people care about. It was the real technology boom of our society that propelled us into where we are now. People have lost sight of the importance of their neighbors and gained a negative view towards one another. Of course this isn’t everyone, but it is still a vast majority of the population. This led to a religious praise of money because the essential human value system was thrown off. When people become selfish they tend to get bigger houses, cars and overall spend more money because they want to show off their possessions to others. This is the main cause of hunger crisis. People don’t care about starving people, they’re not given an understandable perspective on the issue. Our vision is so clouded by constant goods and new wants, that world hunger isn’t eye catching enough. When the boy asks this question, the teacher will have to explain to the boy that somewhere over the one thousand years people learned to prevent these atrocities that were committed as a society. The teacher will explain how caring for the person next to you was a value that had to be taught. He will conclude by telling the boy once our society learned that every single person has a whole list of things that are really important to them, our world as a whole became a much more accepting and comfortable place.