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A Video

April 28, 2009

This video has been circulating around the web for some time:

I saw some people deeming this video ‘touching’, and say they are not going to waste food from now on. However I am not sure how to receive this video – What is the message the filmmaker is trying to deliver?

It does not hurt to remind ourselves that many people die of hunger everyday, and it is always a good habit not to waste food. But from a practical point of view, what does not wasting food have to do with the starving children? The food you prevent from going to the trash can ends up in your stomach. It is not going to the suffering. Even if you refrain from food-wasting by ordering less, I do not think the portion that you save can go to those in need.

What if you waste food? The video suggests that someone with a heart that sympathises will take your leftovers and deliver to the hungry kids. Are you in a sense contributing more than those who finish every bit of food in their meals?

Stopping onself from wasting food after watching this video is merely a confession, which only makes the person feel less guilty but have no other contributions. If you really want to help, donate money.

Feel free to correct me, for my mind might be twisted.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. HTY permalink
    April 29, 2009 2:13 pm

    Agreed. But I will go further to argue that donating money is also just another way to make themselves feel less guilty.

  2. HTY permalink
    April 29, 2009 2:25 pm

    I just watched the video, and it just made me cringe in every possible way. I don’t know why, but maybe because this is precisely what I study, I have a hard time digesting media that tries to appeal to people’s sympathy, because sympathy apparently has taken us nowhere to poverty reduction.

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