Impoverished Minds

If a child declares at a young age that he wants to give everyone in the world a home, money and a nice life, he would be jovially laughed and cooed at, and yet we are supposed to praise the world governments for including the same sentiment in their 15-year blueprint. The skeptic in me says that the world governments have about the same chance of resolving global poverty as the child and that poverty is inevitable, especially in such an advancing world. However, who am I- an 18-year-old student living in the suburbs with a house and an education-to be a skeptic? And, what is it that drives me and every other naysayer to be so cynical and negative? The answer is not that we fear progress, but that we fear the uncertainty and the prospect of failure associated with it all. The idea of ending poverty globally is a seemingly huge venture; however, this is only really because to too many people, myself included, it is simply a part of a wish list. In order for breakthroughs to be made, especially one of this magnitude, people, beginning from those who are affected and up to those who have the capacity to help, should be informed just as much as those who are orchestrating the salvation efforts. The fact that ending global poverty is on the United Nations to-do list is important because it indicates the willingness to help and because it provides an outlet for all of the skeptics and “negative nancies” to ameliorate their fears. In my eyes, progress begins with comprehension, and from here advancement can take hold.

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