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Rice or Steak

December 19, 2010

After a day of hiking the students were invited to the director’s house for Tea (dinner). Two meals were prepared, each student picked from a hat to determine what meal they were to enjoy. One group had an impressive spread of more than enough food: steak, salad, bread, cheesecake, pop, etc. The other ate rice with their hands around a single bowl on the ground.

That night the rice group (our group) after cleaning up after the steak group, slept under the main bridge outside of Cambridge on cardboard boxes while the other group went home to sleep in their beds.

We had many discussions about this event. Interestingly enough it was those who were given much that struggled the most with the “unfairness” of it all. Nothing like a little activity to remind us all that most of the world does not share in the abundance and excess we do.

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