Proverbs

I love the green market. I walk through every ...
I love the green market. I walk through every morning on the way to work and it smells amazing. It was cuter than usual when Jamie Oliver was there (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lets start with the Bible before moving on. It is good to start with something  whose wisdom has stood the test of time, that has lastsd centuries, millennia.

Then we can move on and apply these truths to the modern day.

The book of Proverbs Chapter 30 verses 21 to 23 goes like this:

Under three things the earth trembles,
under four it cannot bear up:
a servant who becomes king,
a fool who is full of food,
an unloved woman who is married
and a maidservant who displaces her mistress.

Why not try a 21st century version:

There are three things that are ridiculous, no four:
Rich countries deciding the fate of the world’s poor,
White people deciding what is racist,
Men discussing women’s rights,
Rich people talking about poor people’s diets.

In today’s free paper, the Metro, chef Jamie Oliver stated about the diet of the poor,

‘The fascinating thing for me is that, seven times out of ten, the poorest families in this country choose the most expensive way to hydrate and feed their families: the ready meals, the convenience foods.’

Oliver also said we have ‘missed out’ on learning to eat well for little money.

‘I meet people who say, “You don’t understand what it’s like”, he told Radio Times.

He doesn’t know what it’s like. He thinks that telling them where to buy fresh cheap vegetables and a basic course in cooking is going to make people eat healthier, and be fitter.

I disagree, I think instead that if you give the poorest hope then the rest will follow. Empower them, make it so that they have real prospects of finding a decent job, or any job; give then equal access to education where a poor post code does not mean a poor school, Make them feel like they are listened to, by actually listening, and act on their ideas, make them no longer powerless and give them some self esteem. Then their diets will improve.

But another rich boy comes down to tell the poor they are not living right isn’t going to help anyone. Jamie Oliver, and people like you I have four words.

You. Are. The. Problem.

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