The life expectancy in Zambia is anywhere between 37 and 40.5 years. In Zimbabwe it is 40.9. In Malawi it is 46.3.
When we ask ourselves why we in the developed world are going through this major economic crisis, it is good to remember - because we live in a world where some live to be 80 and 85 years easily, and where others typically die around 40.
We are going through this crisis so that the values that uphold a world that can create this disparity can change in an ultimate, profound, and permanent way.
May God bless this transition into becoming our brothers' keeper. Amen.
NPR - "All Things Considered," Personal Profile on Zambia - March 16, 2009