Unfortunately for you, the reader, it snowed last night. Why “unfortunately for you”? Because shoveling my driveway causes me to think. And thinking leads to blog posts. When I started this blog I committed to myself I would use it only for professional topics. Well, I guess I’m weak. Because today I’m venturing into “social and political” territory. This crazy political climate causes unusual things to happen.
The other day a friend passed along an article about a new law that has been established in Italy: Grocery stores will be required to give away unsold/unspoiled food to organizations helping homeless people. My friend thought this was excellent and that we should do something similar here. I also think it’s a good idea…..kind of. Connecting edible-but-to-be-discarded food with those who need it is an excellent idea. However………….
Do we really need a LAW to make this happen?
No, we don’t need a law. Making laws is how the government gets too big. And relying on government, more importantly, makes us lazy. What we need is a mindset in our society where we are the preferred method for solving our problems. Or better yet – I. What can I do to fix this? If someone, on their own, went to the back dock of a grocery store and had the store employee put that usable food into a pickup truck instead of a dumpster, and then drove that food to the local food bank or homeless shelter, we’d accomplish the same thing: Getting unspoiled food to places that need it. Would grocery stores really refuse to participate – if the volunteer was willing to transport the food?
We need to get out of this habit we seem to be in that, whenever we want change, we think there needs to be a law. This, BTW, is why John Kasich’s message is resonating so strongly with me. As John says: “Invite the widow down the street over for dinner.” Or “If your religious beliefs don’t align with someone else’s choices say a prayer for them and move on. Why turn something you don’t agree with into a huge effort to force a behavior you want?” (This post is not about a particular candidate per se. It’s about us adopting a certain mindset and perspective. I believe, though, that John articulates this mindset very well.)
Let’s figure out how we can fix various problems, not how we can push the system so that government can force supposed fixes to problems.