1) We want to be reminded of the gap that exists between the poor and the not so poor.
2) We want to be reminded that we don't need luxury to be fulfilled or happy.
I'm not arrogant enough to think that I will understand what it is like for the one billion people in the world who live on a dollar a day, much less eat on one. I do hope that the hunger pains I'm bound to experience will continue to bring awareness to me of the world's reality and prompt me to consider what my role needs to be. I also hope that the practice of stripping away some of the things that we use to make us happy, will make me realize that I don't need them at all.