A need vs a desire.

“This is water.”

That’s a quote that has stuck with me since I read that speech I could not be bothered to learn the name of. It talked about how we are self centred, we tend to believe that the universe, everything, and everybody revolves around us. We tend to forget those simple things that we have in life. Like our day to day necessities, which we usually put up in a fight with our desires. It’s usually a want versus need. An example could be wanting to party, but needing sleep. Needing water, but wanting soda. Needing food, but that desire we have to be thinner everyday still persists in our minds leading us to reject it. We have what others crave and we’re to blind to see it. With children starving, having to wake up at dawn to walk miles to school, or to help their parents with whatever chores they need completed around the house and maybe even their jobs, we can’t even wait a second and try to evaluate the choices we make before making them. I am guilty of this too. I’ve been guilty of it multiple times.

But most people can’t help it, at some point these lines just become blurred as we lose touch and sensation, becoming another numbed individual in this borderline awful society.

The Sunnydale Kids is a video about an organization who’s purpose is to give a distraction and “make kids feel their own age, even for a day”. Throughout this video you can see the process of this. You can see the kids statements about the rough lives they’ve had, you can tell from the look in their eyes that they’ve had it tough. And then the process begins. They take them surfing, and they show clip after clip, try after try of them attempting to stand up, or having them fall down, and then they end the video by retaking their statements, and how this has changed them. It is obviously a heart warming video.

But then there’s the video The Road that Changed Everything. And it begins talking about their community. It successfully shows their day to day — quite joyful — life. But then it shows one simple problem. Water. Sometimes they’d have to walk for miles to get a tub full of water back to their families. That was the only kind of water they’d ever known. But then a solution came, and it wasn’t a solution that they gave for free. The truck that had to cross and come build the damn couldn’t reach them, leading them to build a road for it to reach their community, taking about three months. The truck finally was able to get to the other side and build the damn that they needed. The end of the video is them dancing when the water is pouring down on them.

We’ve become so self obsessed that we’ve forgotten what’s essential.

We become overexposed to so much imagery of suffering and people needing and needing things — although these are real necessities, like water, food, etc. — that we’ve become immune to have any kind of pity for it anymore. It’s still there sometimes, but that pang that you felt in your chest that slowly made its way through your body, leaving an odd, almost heavy feeling, has almost become nil whenever we see a community, family, place, mother, child, etc suffering. Suffering for the basic needs that everybody It was interesting to see people’s reactions throughout both videos shown during class. The video with the Sunnydale kids, children who come from bad neighborhoods, whom are all taken out for a day to surf, and the other video which was about digging a well for a community who would have to walk quite impressive distances to get a tub full of water. The reactions were quite interesting.

Most, said the Sunnydale kids video was better. It was much better, aesthetically, but the message it sent, could not ever be as strong or important. That video was about helping these kids forget about what was happening around them for a day and take them out to have some fun at the beach, it was something they desired, something they wanted, whereas the video about building the dams, that video had a much more important message, giving a community an everyday necessity that they had to work hard for — when we could just open the tap — but people still seemed to like the other video better.

I can see it was a much more entertaining video, and that the music was happier, and had a better beat, that the beach makes you happy, and the sun and the sand and the waves, and perchance even the surfing make you feel lured into that video, and that you want to be there, and help, and have fun yourself. Even I’m guilty of that. But in the end, really ask yourself which video has a bigger, better reason, meaning, and try to see the difference between a simple necessity and a desire. Try to see clearly and try to see what’s water.