Must watch video: Chicken a La Carte – It’s time to wake up our hibernating conscience!
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Must watch video: Chicken a La Carte – It’s time to wake up our hibernating conscience!

Berlin : Germany | Jun 04, 2009 at 1:21 AM PDT
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Chicken a La Carte – It’s time to wake up our hibernating conscience!

I saw this video and I was numb for a while. It has nothing that we haven’t seen before and everything on which we so comfortably close our eyes to have a blinding pleasurable sight. This short film won the People’s Choice award at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival. It is about hunger and poverty brought about by Globalization. It is about people who are living happily on what other people left over after they were through with their gourmet meals.

Sometimes when we have the most sought for delicacies, we still have issues with the taste, the garnishing, and the color. We get finicky about the food being over cooked or being too salty or too spicy or plain tasteless. Hardly ever are we thankful to being so blessed.

I saw this video and what I saw were children and families who were happily eating what we thought was not worth our digestive systems. What we so carelessly disposed off without any second thoughts, they ate with such delight and satisfaction that the very sight brought tears in my tears. Tears were not of pain but of shame and guilt.

The thoughts of every time I made face at the food served to me in the most expensive china and every time I complained about not eating vegetables just because I had vegetables yesterday made me sink deeper and deeper in my own seat with guilt. How can we be so indifferent and so thankless at the same time? No, just because we are indifferent, exactly that is why we are thankless.

I hope after watching this video, next time when we are through stuffing our stomach with good food, we share it respectfully with those who respect everything that is bestowed upon them. If we are privileged and we have the pockets to spend thousands on our food, maybe sharing and giving away a little would loosen up some burden on our conscience if it has finally woken up from its deep slumber.

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Majdy is based in Islamabad, Federal Capital Area, Pakistan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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