The Full and The Hungry

There are two types of people in the world.

  1. People who have enough food to eat.
  2. People who don’t have enough food to eat.

On the surface, this seems like a simple worldwide problem that shouldn’t be made any more obvious.

But these two types of people think and act extremely differently. Why?

Difference 1. Meaning of Life

People who have enough to eat often struggle to find their meaning of life, they classify their meaning of life to: love, passion, hobbies, fun, achievements and success.

But people who are starving never have the ability to dwell into such further levels of thoughts, why? Because their one and only goal is to fill their stomach, they classify their meaning of life to: money, food, survival, work and family.

Difference 2. Post-Meal Action

Okay, after you’ve had your meal, what’s your next step? If you are full, your next step ultimately leads to entertainment.

But if you’re not, your next ultimate goal leads to more food, survival.

Difference 3. Life Perspective

In our eyes, we are living in a society where everyone’s constantly moving around and busy doing what they want to do.

In the eyes of the hungry, they see nothing but chances, opportunities and ideas to get food.

Often times in life, experiences such as whether you get enough to eat or your childhood determines your perspective in life:

Being raised in an unstable household makes you understand that the world doesn’t exist to accommodate you, which… is something a lot of people struggle to understand well into their adulthood. It makes you realize how quickly a situation can shift, how danger really is everywhere. But crises when the occur, do not catch you off guard; you have never believed you lived under a shelter of some essential benevolence. And an unstable childhood makes you appreciate calmness and not crave excitement. – Curtis Sittenfeld

I’m not asking you to starve yourself…

Because you can’t do it. We have a choice, unlike many people around the world.

What I want you to realize today in difference between these two types of people is this:

  • Life is almost always never about you.
  • Starved people are more practical, productive, hard-working, persistent. Why? Choicelessness.
  • We look for entertainment. Switch that with constructive acts. Help the world to be a better place. Humans need each other to survive.
  • If you ever struggle to find the meaning of your life, let me set you one: zero hunger in the world.
  • Realize some things are given freely to you but regardless of that, don’t take things for granted. Work hard to pay it off its actual value whenever you receive something.
  • The world is unfair, who’s going to help? God? Too late. It’s you.

If you want to understand how starved people feel, give your money to your friends, keep only enough money each day for a snack. Why?

  • You’ll start to realize how important pennies, cents are.
  • You’ll become money-wise.
  • You’ll be hungry enough to have that burst of motivation but full enough to keep you alive. (don’t do this if you physiologically can’t)
  • You can set yourself workable “jobs”: get $5 for completing an assignment, get $10 for cleaning the house…etc. Except these are not extra tips on top of your daily life, these are money you need for survival.
  • You’ll become productive, hard-working, labor-intensive, constructive and realistic.
  • You’ll learn to be authentic, you’ll do whatever you can do regardless of consequences. Because you have no other choice.

Trust me, this experience will change your life.