For most people in the world, life isn’t as good as it is for you and me. It is hard to bend our minds around it because we tend to base our opinions about the world on personal experience. If people around us seem mostly content and not struggle with the hunger so why everybody else in the world should not be?
Although things are positively changing, still a massive part of the world’s population remains poor. Approximately a fifth percents of humans, (1.35 billion), are considered living in extreme poverty. The equivalent of every person in the USA, Europe, and the Middle East scrape by on 85 US dollar a day cost of living, whereas while a third of the world lives on less than 2 US dollar a day. The poorest half of the world (3.5 billion people) additionally they own only 0.70 percent of the world’s wealth. More than billion people live in permanent hunger, almost a third of all children are not nourished well. A sixth of the world’s grown-ups can’t read or write, and many more have only basic literacy. In some part of Africa has only two doctors for every ten thousand people, which is the reason that on average its inhabitants live to an average age of 55. Around 70 percent of Indians live on less than $2 per day which is about 850 million people. A third of the population in China despite their fantastic success in reducing poverty, remain poor. Those two countries together hold more poor people than in Africa.
The contrast between “developed” and “emerging” countries is insignificant. What’s Argentina got to do with Liberia? Not much. One of them is a newly developing with an average income close to the world average. The other country is one of the world’s poorest, recovering from war. Both are officially considered as a developing country.
So relaxing on the beach in Sri Lanka or Cambodia doesn’t tell you enough about their poverty. Unfortunately, we are still not ready and fully aware as we should about poverty in the world, and we are trying hard to keep our eyes closed and ignore poor people. Most of those young people have work experience as the waiter at our table, serving us a fancy food or the pool assistant if they are lucky enough to get these jobs. I highly recommend you to open your eyes and try to immerse in local conditions while traveling through Asia, Africa, and other less-privileged countries. I guarantee you to have an amazing and the most real traveling experience in your life. Staying with the family, being part of it, and sharing a daily struggle life with them gives you a life lesson and inspire you not to complain but rather stay grateful for what you have. There’s no need to go wandering around in slums of the city and keep travel agencies rich. Everyone should experience and gain knowledge about the world and deprivation on first-hand for and ideally for a longer time.
“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”
I hear from media that the world is overpopulated, in some point I must agree with that statement although I think there’s plenty of food to go round. Nowadays world agriculture produces about 20 percent more calories per each person than it was 40 years back despite a 70 percent population rise. Mainly due to rising harvest, higher agriculture intensity and extended use of the area. The most significant actual problems are the system of distribution and resources use. If the rich didn’t use all the goods and produce it inefficiently, there would be sufficient for everyone.
The other problem of our greed, selfishness, and blindness is fashion. Indeed, we need somewhere to make our T-shirts. The global development is all about how beautiful it would be if we could end starvation and poverty. However, the current economic system and everything we do rely on cheap production. Capitalism runs via its ability to maintain low salaries. Especially the Asia effect, whereby the opening up of substantial labor markets meant that Western industries could outsource their production and that new local manufacturers could rise. Moreover, all those Western manufacturers recently discussed that a minimum wage increase to 5$ a day would kill their business. Maybe it would be good to consider paying more for our clothes if it meant that the labor who made them had decent lives. Additionally, a rise in demand in higher wages would support total economic growth. Although, it’s also naive to think that consumers from Western countries would pay more for their clothes or that businesses would tolerate bigger wages.
Global inequality is getting worse every year. If we don’t entirely reduce inequality in our society, the poor will stay poor and the rich stay rich. So aid isn’t an alternative, and it’s not about the wealthy world “keeping” the poor. It’s crucial for everyone.
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