A Poor Fool

Grains of hope

After working his fingers to the bone, in long hours under the blistering sun; he goes home to a down trodden derelict structure he calls home; he prepares a handful of grains for dinner before he lays down a blanket in the corner of the room. He rests his head on his folded arms for support to go to sleep, only to wake up to repeat the same day over and over; not realising that somewhere in this world, far beyond his horizon he is a number for the statisticians, a figure for politicians to goad their rivals, a taboo that one must rarely mention in open conversation, and a problem for the world as he is a black mark against our name in the pages of history; and the poor man, doesn’t realise the problems his life is causing to those in real need, the people tasked to solve this problem; as all we hear are the struggles and efforts we put in to combat poverty; if only he knew the pains we suffer instead of focusing on the travails of his own life.

Never realising the greatest effort we could put in to solve said problem; they lack the opportunity to work themselves out of their predicament as we have them in abundance. Ask yourself these questions: Is solving this problem what you really want? Is the consequences of these solutions something you could live with? It’s fine to say whatever you wish to say, but talk is cheap as is our produce; are you willing to risk imposing inflation to balance the markets in to neutral and no longer in our favour? Are you willing to quadruple your weekly shopping (assuming it reaches this level) so others whom you may never meet could benefit?

The money donated from the so called first world countries into these developing countries is testament to the peoples of these nations, and in my opinion some guilt; but surely this is an exercise in futility? Are we not throwing money into an empty chasm? As after decades of work, very little is being realised. The money donated must be better spent into a cause which would help tackle poverty and not mask it. This should be more than just a quick fix solution as throwing money to the problem would only delay the inevitable of having the same people in poverty, only at a later date. We need to build a better system, one that does not promote poverty by keeping the wealth for the wealthy. There are gaps in the current system which the very top can expose to their benefit. I am not suggesting that capitalism is a bad answer, I am merely suggesting it is not the final answer; remember capitalism is about capital(money) and those who have it, and not the general populace, it is a means of protecting its own. This is just my opinion, however I have not heard a better explanation to-date.

Crime results from this not because it is the easier option, but because it is often the only option, it pays well and looks after its own to a certain extent, and the protection it offers is not something you would otherwise pay for.

And what is our attempt of solving this? Either condemning them for their being or wrestling with the depths of our pockets to drop spare change in a bucket, all this to solve the biggest problem to face human civilization.

The term ‘developing’ is often used to describe countries most in need of support, as aforementioned in this text; but their development is stalling, as we are faced with the same news for over a decade. What is stopping them from developing? Lack of effort? No, as discussed earlier, this we have in abundance. Corruption? Perhaps, but unless you have documented proof and a very good lawyer, you might want to keep this opinion to yourself, for legal purposes. I believe it is poor planning, and not poor people that is the real problem; if we were to take this time to develop a better system for countries the world over to follow, this could help stop biased markets, where so called ‘lesser’ countries work for the wealth of ‘greater’ countries; we would also need to devise a better and more rigid valuation of produce when dealing with international trade, so as to stop larger markets gaining and unfair upper hand. We need to vote with our feet, and stop purchasing from companies that support the modern day slave trade, the sweat shops. We would also need to lean on our governments to stop lobbying and favouritism. All these are but small grains compared to the bigger picture.

We have shown on many occasions that we could gather and tackle any problem we face as a civilization, all is not lost, and there is more hope than despair; there are many reasons to look up, but we need to find a system that best suits the developing world; and by developing I mean the world at its present state and not the individual countries that are developing. We are developing at an alarming rate, the past 50 years has seen us develop faster that we have in the last 1000 years, in doing this we have left the most needy behind, and this should be seen as unacceptable. We need to re-open this wound and see what the problem is, only then do we understand the problem, and until we do this we would not be able to find the correct solution, there are more people educated to the highest degree than there have even been; perhaps that is where we start?

Mohammad Shipon, Resarch & Admin Officer at MADE

 

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