There is a lot of misery in this world, too much of it the result of what we humans do to each other. And it’s getting worse. A typical example, is a country where 28% of the children are malnourished, up from 19% five years ago; where in 2006 11% of the newborns were underweight, up from 4% three years before; where 15% of the population doesn’t have and can’t afford enough food and is dependent food assistance programs for survival; where 70% don’t have adequate water and 80% don’t have adequate sanitation so that in the poorest urban neighborhoods people drink a water and sewage mixture; where hospitals can no longer respond to need and 90% of them lack basic medical and surgical supplies; where violence has reduced what was once a force of 34,000 doctors 5 years ago down to 20,000, with 2000 murdered and 12,000 fleeing the country; where a cholera epidemic has just killed 500 people (so far) because corrupt officials bought defective chlorine to disinfect water. And of course stress and mental health problems are epidemic.
Yes, there’s a lot of misery in the world, too much of it from what we do to each other. This is Iraq, 2008, year 5 of American military occupation. And counting.