We tend to throw around the word "poverty" a lot nowadays but do any of us really bother to think about it? I mean, do any of us think about its effect on the world and on us as humans? I for one, don’t! I mean to be totally honest, I very rarely think about the one billion or so people living in absolute poverty around the world!
Not to place too huge a blame on western society but its probably western culture and education that has left me and others so apparently callous and uncaring. Yes, schools teach you about poverty and how massive a problem it is but you don’t hear any teachers or the government telling us go help, no, of course not! This would not benefit the economy!
But then, is this massive issue of poverty something which can be solved with a few extra helping hands? I really doubt it!
Almost one half of the world’s population live under two dollars each day – what an absolutely pitiful amount! How did we, as a species, let it get so bad? Surely evolution is not just about survival of the fittest, surely there is some instinctive drive to help others! If there is then how on earth did we let it get so bad? What happened!?
Maybe we should all pass the blame on to ignorant generations of the past and then forget about it, or maybe it is, in fact, the governments fault (isn’t everything!?)… Maybe every single person on the planet is to blame, even the ones living in poverty! I don’t’ know!
I just don’t know what we can do to fix this mess! Maybe it’s all beyond repair!
What about giving to charity? Does that help? I’ve not given much to "charity" in my life, I don’t see the benefit! Actually, you know what I really hate; it’s the general ethos and concept of charity. What do you feel when you give to charity? Altruism? Commitment? Pride? Honour? Humility?
Face it! Giving to charity makes you feel good, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside as if you’ve really helped someone! But have you really helped anyone, or have you, by giving that tenner at the church collection, actually fuelled an already burning fire of dependency – the dependency which poverty-stricken countries now have on the western world!
I’m not against charity but I would just like to know where my money is going. I would much rather save up some money and go and help do something real instead of blindly giving money!
I don’t know the answer, I don’t think anyone does. But then it’s not about any single answer – that won’t fix anything – the only thing which has a hope of helping is if we all start to give a damn and do our bit to help out, including me!
I am sorry for this post being so negative. The subject of poverty really is a nasty one; there is no easy way to be even a tiny bit positive about it. It’s a very horrible thing to have to think about! Hopefully “Blog Action Day” has helped in gaining something other than pity and hatred; hopefully BAD#08 has helped, just a bit, to raise awareness, not of poverty, but of the collective realisation of our responsibility towards those who suffer because of it.
Okay, enough bad news, let’s do something about it! Let’s get up and do something tiny each day to help the poor! Have a look at this list for some good ideas… Let’s be positive, happy and excited about this – otherwise it’s not going to work!
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Although our world is developing at a rapid rate in terms of technology, and many problems of the 20th century have been solved, there still are issues that humanity cannot deal with. Among such challenges as hunger, wars, natural disasters, and pollution, poverty is one of the most significant problems; in fact, it is a scourge of many developing countries. Therefore, understanding and eliminating the reasons of why poverty is still present in the world is important.
When analyzing such a global issue, one should consider historical and cultural factors. Nations that are among the poorest in the world were once colonies, or areas from which richer countries exported slaves; also, some of these territories were drained of resources. Rare exceptions like Canada or Australia do not deny the fact that, for example, almost the entire continent of Africa is a problematic area in terms of poverty and hunger. This happened due to the fact that colonialism contributed to the establishment of conditions where people living in former colonies cannot access capital or education. In addition, there exist several hot spots in the world where wars and political instability also cause a significant decrease in the quality of life: Syria, Egypt, Ukraine, and so on (The Borgen Project).
Perhaps the most direct causal link exists between poverty and the balance between a country’s population density and its agricultural capabilities. Although such countries as the Netherlands or Belgium have a high density of population, their agricultural industry is based on mechanized farming and high-tech solutions, so poverty and hunger have no chance there. The same refers to other technologically-advanced countries. In contrast, Bangladesh, which has one of the world’s largest population densities (2,791 persons in a square mile) exists on the edge of extreme poverty—mostly because the majority of population is involved in low-efficient manual farming. On the other hand, there are countries in Africa with only about 80 persons per square mile, but because of low soil fertility, and the use of manual labor, these countries cannot boost their productivity and development (povertyhci.weebly.com).
Along with objective poverty factors, it is also important to consider social factors—in particular, psychological traits that many poor people possess. In many developed countries, poor people do not try to improve their financial conditions, relying on welfare payments provided to them by governments (CliffsNotes). Due to the lack of education and skills (also caused by the inability to pay for them), they cannot work at well-paid jobs, although they can still become maids, cleaners, postal workers, couriers, and so on. Doing so would enable such people to earn more money necessary for education and personal development, but they prefer to keep the status quo.
Reasons of poverty are numerous, and it is difficult to analyze the entire complex of causes of such a global issue. However, some of them are obvious: a colonial background, wars and political instability, dense population combined with low agricultural capabilities, and certain psychological traits of poor people. These factors help keep poverty in the world’s list of the most urgent problems.
“Top 5 Causes of Poverty.” The Borgen Project. N.p., 25 June 2013. Web. 21 May 2015.
“Poverty at Large: A Dark Spot in Humanity.”Http://povertyhci.weebly.com/. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2015.
“Causes and Effects of Poverty.” CliffNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2015.
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