Sunday, September 28, 2014

Food for All

The “allegory of the long spoons” teaches us that when we struggle to feed only ourselves, everyone goes hungry. But when we focus on our neighbour’s hunger, we discover there are ways to feed everyone.

Based on an ancient story about hunger and sharing, this animated video is part of Caritas’ “One Human Family, Food for All” campaign.

It is interesting that this allegory has been adopted by many or most cultures on the planet (African, Buddhist, Chinese, Christian, Hindu, Islam, Japanese, and Jewish), adapted as necessary.  Perhaps it is true that humans have more things that are the same or similar which bind us all, than the small insignificant differences that may exist between us.

How well has Canada's Supply Management system learned this lesson?

As for Small Flockers, we see all people, even those in the #ChickenMafia, as being the same as us; no better, no worse.  Small Flockers believe that the #ChickenMafia actively or passively do their dysfunctional acts (or acquiesce as others do them) because of the dysfunctional Supply Management System in which they exist; not necessarily due to mass defects in their character.

Some day, those in the #ChickenMafia will better understand the choices and consequences of their situation, and the problems that the current design of Supply Management creates for them and the rest of us.  However, that better understanding won't solve the oppression of Small Flockers, nor the less and less affordable chicken produced by the #ChickenMafia.

Like us all, the #ChickenMafia will become more and more aware, but will likely lack the courage and principles to voluntarily give up their current advantages.  The #ChickenMafia will not automatically allow Small Flockers to regain their constitutional rights and freedoms, nor escape the chronic oppression of today.  There is no recorded human history of monopolists or dictators voluntarily giving up their advantages.

That is where the government comes in.  The government will have to intercede.  The government will need courage too.  The government will need to correct their misguided policy of Supply Management.  If done well, the #ChickenMafia will accept, and all stakeholders (ie. former #ChickenMafia, Small Flockers, and consumers) will reap the benefits.

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