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Jeffrey Sachs, An Interview – End Poverty

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Written by Tseday

October 3, 2008 at 7:17 pm

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  1. “End Poverty!” A very tough call.

    Sad to say, but, poverty and wealth will always remain as a contrasting characteristic of our existence. One can’t exist without the other, unless we are living in some kind of a Utopian world. The wealthy are wealthy on the shoulders of the poor, wealthy societies don’t exist without the presence of poor societies. In order to eradicate poverty we need to get rid off wealth the way we know and want to possess it. Food and water are basic necessities, and every human, every animal or plant that came out to this world has an unconditional right to have those necessities.

    Though I admire the passion of such speakers trying to make the world a better place, I don’t understand why people constantly describe Africa as if it is a single country? (Ethiopia alone is a continent). Let’s not forget that the current state of African tragedy is a tragedy of all human beings. We all have one same planet, we all depend on each other, and whether we like it or not, we all have to share its wealth and poverty, happiness or sorrow together. The sooner the better.

    Though, it breaks my heart to see the poor suffering, I usually find poor people happier, ore loving and grateful to what they “have” than rich ones. What could be the secret?

    Contrary to the expectations of philosophers and concerned bodies, there is good reason to believe that while not the cause of economic pain, our Creator can use that pain to help us find deeper happiness. After all, even when the dismal world of human economics disappoints us, there is the Divine economy of endless love, mercy, and grace given to us for free.


    October 3, 2008 at 9:22 pm

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