greentara wrote:Jack Preger is a doctor,now an old man, working on the streets and helping the poorest of the poor with no strings attached. India is now one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with its own space programme, atomic weapons, and 5-star hotel rates rivalling those of Tokyo and London. Many of its citizens are hugely rich - as one obese Lonely-Planet-recommended restaurant/guest house owner confessed to me: "I don't know how to hide all my cash from the tax authorities, it keeps coming in"
Many people therefore find this a huge and objectionable paradox. Why should we support desperately poor people in a country so intrinsically rich? Why doesn't the government stop making missiles and space rockets, and address the problems at street level instead? Why don't the rich people help their own kind?
You might ask the same question about many other mineral-and-asset-rich developing countries.
The tragic fact is that here, wealth, together with education and opportunity, stays lodged at the top. It feeds on rank materialism, greed, power, selfishness, and an amazing ability to ignore the daily suffering of fellow human beings.
In countries like India particularly, it can be conveniently attributed to caste and karma, in other words, you are currently paying for the sins of a past life - so you can just keep on living in the gutter, together with all your daily agony and repulsive diseases, whilst I drive past you in my lovely new car.
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Greentara, what you said is very true. I watched a documentary once that stated that 95% of the worlds wealth is with 5% of the worlds people, being an australian with a home that has running water, electricity & sewerage I suppose it's fair to say that I'm in that 5%. The same documentary claimed that if every developed country spent just 1 or 2% of their defence budget on world poverty that this if administered properly would most probably alleviate the problem. Unfortunately I don't know the answer to world poverty. My wife & I pay for the education of 3 girls in the Philippines, I know that we live in a world with a population of about 6 billion people & me paying for the education of 3 girls in the Philippines makes a difference of approximately sweet fa, but if everyone did a little bit it may not make poverty go away completely but it might just take the edge off it a bit.
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