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The Simplicity in Life

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“A picture is worth a thousand words,” they say.

This is a Pulitzer prize-winning picture by American photojournalist Kevin Carter depicting a moment that characterized the famine in Sudan. The child is painstakingly making her way to a food camp while the vulture patiently waits for the child to die so that it can eat her. Shortly after the picture appeared in the New York Times, Kevin Carter committed suicide due to depression.

My intent is neither to create shock nor to invoke the inevitable sense of remorse or sympathy that any compassionate human being should feel. This child’s condition is not your fault, nor is it mine. I simply want to drive home a point. Sometimes in life, we feel overwhelmed:  the work, the school, the bills, the bad relationships ad infinitum. When all the problems seem to converge on us, when it seems like everything that can go bad does go bad, when we find ourselves falling into an abyss of despair – it is in moments like these that we need to take a step back and realize that in spite of everything, we are blessed. We are blessed with access to food, water and shelter, three basic and natural resources found on this earth to which every man, woman and child is entitled. We need to dwell on the positives in our lives to overcome struggles and always thank The Lord for the things we take for granted. It is incumbent on us to pray for children like this girl whose only crime against humanity was being born into such conditions of abject poverty. It is indeed incumbent on us all to pray that she may get the opportunity to worry, like other girls, about a broken heart; that she gets the chance to start a family of her own, that she ultimately finds happiness, whether in this life or the next. It is the least we can do – in fact, it just may be the most.

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About the Author:

Dr. Edmond Fomunung is a young medical doctor, but is also a man of many cares. He has a zeal for empathy and solidarity, and is always looking to make a difference in the lives of others beyond their physical well being, but in all aspects of their lives.  A graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Fomunung is currently doing his residency at the Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Connect with him here: Edmond Fomunung