According to many, this might be a good practice for me every day, but I will be hungry on Friday because I just added my name to the Hunger Strike Against Hunger action set for Friday, October 16, 2009.
When I signed up, I was not asked for an email address, any contact details, or any kind of contribution to a cause. The idea of joining this movement, it seems, is to make individuals aware of hunger as a problem. We will voluntarily eschew eating for one day without an undue amount of pressure to do so.
The idea of this kind of symbolic hunger strike will feed no one. It will not solve any problems for any family, community, or individual around the world or in Serbia. The whole point behind it is for us to remember and be aware of this global problem. It gives perspective in lives which are more concerned with getting the business of life done on a daily basis, dealing with real and artificial stresses under which we labor, and it reminds us that hunger is a problem for real individuals, experienced on a personal level.
On Friday, instead of eating, I will be thinking about this, as an individual. And maybe it will spark an idea which, on another day, may help contribute to a solution.