Really, it’s only the space between us that allows to hold on to our delusions that the world makes sense. It’s only the geographical, “real” space between us, and also the pyschological mental distancing we do that allows us to maintain the status quo.
Sometimes I think about the fact that in the next life, both this geographical and psychological space will be meaningless. In the next life, I will be with people who starved to death. I will be with people who died for lack of water. I will be with people who died of malaria, when a few dollars worth of mosquito netting is all that it would have taken to save them.
I don’t know how I will justify my $5 mochas, my addiction to pop culture, my wasteful lifestyle. I’m not the most conspicuous consumer. I know that I’m allowed to enjoy myself. I know that I’ve worked hard for what I have. I know that if my family gave everything we have to the poor, the poor would still be among us.
Some pretty cool people are doing some pretty cool things. Somebody got to be thinking about the world wide water shortage, and the expensive wedding ring on her finger, and decided to do something about this disparity. Check this link. The idea is some body is auctioning off their wedding ring and using the money to dig wells in Africa. They are also calling for others to do the same.
There is something so Christ-like in this. We can talk all we want about how rings, and diamonds, and gold are symbols of love and eternity. But this beautiful act is turning the symbol into a reality. Most of us know that many diamonds, and much gold, are mined in pretty questionable circumstances. I love that this act of self-giving redeems the evil that some of these rings were purchased under.
This was brought to my attention by blogger Jeff Goins. He sent out a mass email to ask people to spread the word. Maybe you don’t have a ring, aren’t ready to give it up, or don’t have the resources to purchase one… One thing you can do? Spread the word.