If Wolverine(1) of the X-Men told you to do something, no matter how silly, would you do it? What if “Argo” star & director Ben Affleck told you to do the same thing(2)? By now, you might be wondering exactly WHAT Hugh Jackman and Daredevil are asking you to do, ok, here it is: feed yourself for just $1.50 per day for a week which is part of the “Live Below the Line” campaign, the latest “feed the world” scheme supported by guilt ridden celebrities. The campaign’s website chortles “By living off Just $1.50 per day for food, you will be bringing to life the direct experiences of the 1.4 billion people currently living in extreme poverty and helping to make real change.(a)”
Now if you are an enquiring mind like me you must be wondering how starving yourself “brings to life” something that is already alive and apparently well: extreme poverty. Wouldn’t it be more productive to just personally deliver $3.00 worth of food, double the poverty rations, to say 10,000 of those dealing with $1.50 per day poverty? Surely Affleck has $30k lying around that he can entrust to the Live Below The Line Folks which would actually go directly into the stomachs of the charity’s benefactors? I have never driven Maserati(3), the Filet Mignon of cars, neither have over 1.3 billion people. So, should I start a campaign to encourage wealthy people to drive cars that cost $1.50 or less per day, to bring to life the real life experiences of people currently driving clunkers?”
Don’t ask me what this will accomplish because I already feel good about the prospects of Affleck driving a 1974 Ford Pinto wagon for 5 days and feeling good about a “cause” is all that matters. When asked why she chose to spend her life feeding the extremely impoverished, Mother Teresa said(4) “I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. It was an order. To fail would have been to break the faith.” When Affleck and Jackman’s dubious effort to feed the poor fails the only faith broken will be that misguided one placed in the cult of celebrities.