What Was Poverty?

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Fueled by the imagination of New York poet Max Stossel, this video blends past and future, science and speculation, philosophy and humanity into something quite wonderful.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/157544671″][vc_column_text]What Was Poverty? (the poem)
by Max Stossel

One day our grandchildren will come home from history class and ask about the tragedies of our past.
There were so many human beings enduring so much suffering,
they’ll wonder how that could have been…
And maybe it was complicated
but children don’t believe in complicated
in a child’s unobstructed eyes justice isn’t complicated
Justice is simple.
We don’t need our grandkids to see…
How to get there is our challenge
And what if we could agree…
To think of Spaceship Earth as our global community.
To put aside our differences and various beliefs
Our politics, religions, and our ideologies
To tap into our overwhelmingly common humanity,
And come Together Stronger than any one of us could be.
Raindrops don’t seem special till they’re nourishing our land
And there are underground cities built by thousands of determined ants.
A single cell is simple, but they combine to make up every man.
You know a bird can’t fill the sky alone, but enough of them sure can…
Together we can feed each other strength when we are weak
Together we can bring human potential to its peak
Together we can change realities that seem impossible alone
Together we can turn this round greenhouse into our round green-home
If Individuals and governments and companies,
Can come together as the global family we need to be
We might just leave our grandchildren a world that they’ll be proud to lead
Those suffr’ing might experience the epitome of being free
If we apply a recipe of action, heart and unity
Maybe one day they’ll ask us,
“Grandma, Grandpa, what was poverty?”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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