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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 experiment.

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 scale.

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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.

This report was posted on February, 21, 2012.