The Share Experiment
an article by Haydee Pereyda & Luis Quero
Video: Experimento Comparte - Acción contra el Hambre
Action Against Hunger is an international
humanitarian organization which aims to combat
malnutrition and ensure water and a secure life
for the most vulnerable populations. They seek to
eliminate hunger through campaigns of prevention,
detection and treatment of malnutrition. One of
his most recent global campaigns is the share
Kids involved in "The Share Experiment"
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Share experiment is a media campaign of awareness
which consists of a video where various pairs of
children sitting with a covered tray appear and
only one of those trays has food in it; this is
not told to the children in order to ensure the
purity and accuracy of the experiment. When
recording the reactions each pair of children
presents when they realize that only one of them
has food on their tray, kind of reflecting the
current situation of a large part of the world
population, without thinking twice or ask for
anything in return and in the more genuine and
natural way, children with food divided and shared
it with their partner who has none. The message
that this experiment seeks to disseminate is that
while we live in a world with the capacity in
resources to feed the double of its total
population, there are still 3.5 million children
dying from acute malnutrition each year. The final
argument is that we all should learn from their
example. If this experiment has shown that
children are able to share their food, because
adults aren't able to do this on a larger scale.
In that moment of a person's life breaks this
paradigm of solidarity? In fact we have to relearn
what we already knew in childhood?
This type of campaigns help to highlight the
intrinsic characteristic of human kind which is
solidarity and it promotes the exercise of it. If
we as a society are capable of learning this and
apply such campaigns within our communities, we
would be taking an important step towards the
establishment of a culture of peace in a local
scale that could grow up later to reach a global
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Question(s) related to this article:
Is there a renewed movement of solidarity by the new generation?,
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from Javier Collado Ruano, Director of Edition at Global Education Magazine, on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity.
Solidarity is a trans-dimensional phenomenon that goes beyond the ontological essence of human nature. In fact, when we analyze the connections between the microcosm and the macrocosm, we perceive that human beings are not involved in chaos and arbitrariness, but belongs to the large network of interdependencies, complementarities and reciprocities that constitute life. The emergence of life on Earth, around 3,8 billion years ago, was a complex process of exceptional natural phenomena, inherent in all living systems. A process which is expressed through unlimited creativity: mutation, gene exchange, and symbiosis. From a cosmo-biological perspective, we can understand a new conceptual dimension of life, where all living beings share same basis of genetic code: the twenty amino-acids and four phosphatic bases. In fact, the diversity of living beings is caused by the combination of this cosmo-bio-genetic basis.
This trans-dimensional perspective has a deep ecological and spiritual sense for our worldview because the human evolutionary adventure is the latest stage of life on Earth. The modern human being is a vertebrate animal, mammal, belonging to the primates, which emerged 200,000 years ago. In recent centuries he has imposed its anthropocentric, industrial and capitalist vision to the detriment of Pachamama (and Indigenous goddess known as earth mother). We consume around 120% of the natural resources that Earth Mother regenerats annually. Our consumer behavior is immersed in a fatalistic dynamic with a destiny to climate change (deforestation, loss of biodiversity, ozone, etc.), and our own self-destruction as a species.
There is an urgent need to get beyond the cognitive fallacy that the mental structures of social Darwinism and capitalist postulates of the 19th century have historically constituted, because they only understand natural and social systems as warmongers and competitive processes whereby species diverge from each other. . ...more.