Hey Jarkko,

Thank you for sharing your story! I’m curious, how long it took before you began to lose touch with that other world? I’ve only been back a little more than a week and for me, that feeling seems to get stronger as the days go by — every day feels like one more day I didn’t do more to help.

As for enjoying the benefits of the Western world, I would agree that letting things go to waste doesn’t make sense, but I’d also venture to say that we should be enjoying these benefits responsibly. What does that mean exactly? I wish I had a simple answer, but I think the truth is that it isn’t simple. I think it means sacrificing wasteful comforts and doing more with what we have.

Do you have any ideas for how we can make better use of what’s around us?

Oh and about the visioning two worlds in one picture: I think it’s a lot easier for those in the US (at least those who spent some time outside the US) to envision the two worlds in the same picture. It’s a lot more difficult for the poor farmer in Africa to envision what life would be like in “one equal world”. And I think that’s one of the reasons why we, as privileged people, bare the responsibility. After all, if you cannot envision it, you cannot create it!