The day after I read these lines in the Wall Street Journal “The average American family of four uses roughly 400 gallons of water per day at home,” I read these words: 1 billion people do not have clean drinking water.
I grew up in a three-room apartment in the Bronx. We had one bathroom for four people and an unspoken order for morning showers. No one dallied in the bathroom— get in and get out. But living in the city in an apartment building meant that we weren’t concerned about the toilet’s ability to consume vast quantities of paper— or even aware of the gallons of water consumed by our laissez faire attitude.
"• Close to half of all people in developing countries suffer at any given time from a health problem caused by water and sanitation deficits.
• Millions of women spending several hours a day collecting water."
—global issues web site
“The USS New York is 684 feet long, cost $1 billion to build, and can carry up to 800 Marines. The Navy assault ship also has 7.5 tons of steel recovered from the World Trade Center forged into its bow.”
One billion people do not have clean drinking water.
It cost one billion dollars to build a warship.
"A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved."
-Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan