“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”
~ Mahatma Ghandi
Many people have reluctantly accepted poverty and hunger as an ongoing, never-ending phenomenon.
The truth is that it’s not just a socioeconomic matter–it’s a disease. Worse yet–it’s a war.
Poverty is both the direct and indirect cause of an economic imbalance that starts at the top of the power-hungry, political food chain and has ripple effects with a devastatingly far reach.
I could spend hours mulling over what it is and (theoretically) isn’t, but there are so many stigmas that I would be going against the grain of so many paradigms. From what I have observed, I see poverty as a mechanism that is both used as a device and exploited as a means for financial gain…shall I say greed.
Poverty is slavery. Poverty is strategic. Poverty is a war…and disease.
Eliminating poverty, particularly child poverty, is the most challenging mission that the present world needs to face; and this isn’t just because people are living low qualities of life and going hungry. That’s horrendous and I visit some painful places when I allow that fact into my daily awareness.
Despite how costly and how taxing it would be to really look at the matter, we can’t afford to overlook the status of these children. As much as it seems to be a far off issue, someone else’s responsibility, a matter for another day, it’s not. The cold, hard truth is that the problem can’t and won’t be fixed over night.
What the activist-at-heart would likely struggle with is the urge to catch the next red eye on over to a developing nation where poverty is rampant with food and resources. There are people who do just that and their roles are so necessary because, let’s face it: not everyone can drop their own daily lives to be any kind of missionary.
Plus, there are far too many issues to deal with and they’re all just symptoms of a greater predicament.
I mean, take these concepts into consideration:
When people are poor, they tend to be weaker by default.
When people are weaker, they’ll do whatever they can to support themselves.
When people are desperate to support themselves, they are bound to take low wages if it means getting any money at all.
Why should earth’s natural abundance and resources be monitored, rationed and controlled for the financial gain of the corporations who put a stake in them? Then, meanwhile, there are people with limited access to such necessities of life. What can some of them do, especially if they’re born into it?
Wait a minute. When you think about it, don’t you begin to wonder why we even need money in the first place?
That’s precisely what I said to myself a while ago. Then I found this:
Factor in child poverty and we have millions of innocent souls suffering for crimes they didn’t commit.
These issues stretch much further than people merely being oppressed, abused, neglected, and underfed; and it’s not just about tribes and villages without electricity. Plenty of people are living like that around the world and they’re doing just fine. Nope, this is serious and it affects you and me more than we can possibly even know.
Well, guess what? You have taken the first step towards making the world you live in better.
You’re aware of its shortcomings, its darkness.
On one extreme, people who are uncomfortably aware are just as valuable to the solution as the people who are active and work courageously to solve the problem.
Even if you prefer not to make any financial contribution, you can do a lot about child poverty.
- Tweet this post with others if you feel like you learned something new and think they would too.
- Wherever in the world you live, get out into your community to do something financially, environmentally, and spiritually empowering for fellow mankind.
- Let yourself feel their pain, anguish, despair, fear and anger.
- Research this issue, journal about it, and keep researching.
- Vote with your dollars to support fair trade, ecologically and economically stabilizing movements.
You can also take action and join The Poverty March Campaign, a movement that invites you to unite with millions across the globe on this issue.
It’s time to stop giving your power away to the decision makers, the corrupt, the self-serving and sociopaths authoritative figures of the world.
The matter is in your hands now.
“No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.
The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.”
~ Emma Goldman
P.S. Tell me: where do you stand after reading this? What action do you feel inspired to take? What are the things going on in this world that you want to learn more about?