“[When] hunger begins to be satisfied, reflection begins, and conversation commences. The person who, hitherto, had been a mere consumer, becomes an amiable guest.” — Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 19thcentury French gourmand
Brillat-Saverin points to the importance of feeding our minds and bodies before we can feed the rest of the world.
While Brillat-Savarin is speaking solely about the community around food, we can certainly relate it to poverty. He speaks of how food was something that helped one’s guests be kind and relaxed, furthering conversations which are positive and enlightening. (If one didn’t feed one’s guests, then the consequences could be a close-mouthed, irritable inhabitant of one’s home!)
And yet, whether we are wealthy or poor, the situation is the same. To lift people out of poverty, and for them to lift themselves out, we must first start with the basics. Sometimes, we jump ahead to provide jobs and ‘more advanced’ development.
But no one can work, go through job training, study or even think about the future…unless they can think in the present moment. And that means providing critical ‘basics’ such as nourishment of water, food, health and sleep. Before we can even think about advancing ourselves, we have to be able to think in the present moment.
“When hunger begins to be satisfied…conversation commences.” Let’s get the conversation going about a world free from limitation and poverty. That begins with one person, one meal, today. Here are some ways you can start your conversation…