I think that last part is key! Even the enlightened can starve! The solution will come from within each individual. It will come from the passionate drive and the fire that burns inside each person who yearns to see a better world become a reality.
Your witnessing urban decay and American ghettos is just as valid a form of poverty as any other — it’s just at a different level. I remember driving around town a few days after arriving in the States and looking at the people who, six months ago, I would’ve considered poor. To me, they now looked well off! But that doesn’t change the fact that as far as they’re concerned — and as far as everyone else around them is concerned — they’re poor!
I think we can learn from all forms of poverty and all forms of suffering. Just as love is love, pain is pain.
Thank you for the comment, Meg!