I interviewed Bernie Meyer this week. He bears a striking resemblence to India’s late Mhatma Gandhi. And for the past five years, Meyer has talked to college groups, civic groups, churches… about Gandhi and his teachings (white shawl, sandals, the whole thing). Meyer said Gandhi wore the white shawl to stand in solidarity with the poor. And Meyer points out that there are some 1.8 billion people worldwide living in abject poverty on $2, or less, a day. Meyer also tells groups that if Americans lived simply, the way Gandhi did, this would free up a tremendous amount of resources for people who don’t even have the basics in food, shelter and medicine. Note: I was just told this morning by a woman who has been researching “weddings in America,” that the average U.S. wedding cost is now at: $24,900. Meanwhile, scores of Third World children starve to death — daily. The spiritual disconnect in this country is staggering.