Sunday Question – What One Thing Do You Want For The World?

Today is the final Sunday Question, and I thought I’d take it out with a bang; well, if it gets any real attention that is. Back in January I posted the question asking What’s Your Most Audacious Wish. That question was supposed to be personal, as in what you wanted for yourself if you could have anything in the world.


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This time, the question is more magnanimous, and should be harder to answer than you might think it is. In my mind I can already hear the top 5 responses to this one, and in my opinion only one of them is really valid as a request. I’ll tell you what that one is after I talk about why this one really takes some thought.

Yesterday I did a review of the book 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. One of the things he talks about in the book, very briefly, that I didn’t mention was this idea of charity, helping others, and thinking about the consequences of some of those actions. He made a very interesting point about trying to fight diseases in this country and around the world, that being if you cure diseases and help people live longer, you then have other things you have to solve such as hunger, poverty and overpopulation. This doesn’t mean that you don’t wish for those things to go away, but it could be a consequence that you just might not be able to solve. For instance, many people in Africa perish because they don’t have food. If you could suddenly feed everyone they don’t have potable water. If you can solve that issue they still would live in poverty with no education; what kind of life is that?

Some people are passionate about animal causes; I happen to NOT be one of those people, though I don’t want to see any animals tortured. The thing is that if it comes down to man vs beast and life we’re going to save our own selves; that’s just how it is. That’s why hunting is allowed. Same with insects; letting them all live means we’re done for, since there are more of them and they procreate faster than us.

Want to save the environment? Who doesn’t want clean air? But with higher ecological standards comes higher prices because that stuff is expensive; aren’t some countries still having double digit unemployment as an issue?

As I said, it doesn’t mean that we don’t want these things and shouldn’t do these things. It does say that with every action there’s a consequence that we all have to be ready for if these things happen. I for one don’t want to know that one day there would have to be a real Logan’s Run going on. After all, China already has a one child regulation on the books that I think they’re having problems enforcing, and many countries have overpopulation and famine issues now.

That brings us to my request; world peace. I’m a Star Trek guy as you know; Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations. Eliminating the need for nuclear weapons would be a nice start. Ending terrorism or crime would make everyone happy. Not giving people a reason to have to get high so they can concentrate on other things that make their lives more fulfilling is a great dream. At least for me it is.

There you go; the last Sunday Question asking you to make a tough decision. Enjoy it!

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Blog Action Day – Poverty

As I decided to participate in this event, I sent a message to many of my friends and business associates, asking those who had blogs to participate in some fashion, and asking those who didn’t to read about it and possibly find another way to be a part of it.

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I had one of my friends write back and ask me not to send her things like this, saying she didn’t believe in things like this, calling people who do anti-liberal-democrat crazies. I was sort of stunned by that, because I don’t see the topic of poverty as a political one. However, knowing her background, she’s someone who’s never had to struggle, nor worry about whether she was going to miss a meal or not be able to buy something she wanted, and probably has never known anyone who has. I’ve been there, but we hadn’t spoken for a long time when I was going through my little period of near poverty, which I wrote about on this post awhile back.

I’ve had periods of financial strife in my life, but I always knew that I could find a way out of it in some fashion. As a last resort, I could always decide to give up my freedom and my pride and live with my parents; at least back in the day I could, while I was still single, which is when I had my problems. I don’t think it qualifies as true poverty because I always had options; some people never have that option in their entire lives, so even at my lowest point, I had opportunities that would never be afforded them.

On my other blog, in my post on this same subject, I said that I haven’t volunteered as much as I probably should have in my life. I may not have volunteered, but I have worked in a place where many of the people who came live in poverty, and worry every day about whether or not they’ll have meals for their children, or clothes to put on their back, and wonder if the schools they send their children to are sufficient enough to give them a chance that they themselves never had.

I worked at a community health center for 2 ½ years. It was one of the jobs I got to help me get my life back in order back in 1993. The health center is on the edge of an area that’s not quite known as a slum or ghetto, but it is impoverished in its own way, and a very dangerous place to be at night. At an event back in 2003, while giving a presentation, I asked every participant in the room who had been four blocks south of our present location to try to do business, and not a single one of them raised their hands. In a way, it’s the forgotten area of town, only five blocks from the beginning of downtown.

The health center caters to everyone. However, the overwhelming majority of the people who come don’t have much money, if any money at all. Most of them are on Medicaid, which is a good thing. Many physicians across the country won’t see Medicaid patients, which leaves the health center with an almost exclusive clientele. At least 10% to 15% of those who come don’t have any insurance at all; at least half of those either live in one of the missions or is homeless in some other way. I know this because I used to register many of the people who came in.

Many of the people who visit the health center don’t come in cleaned up as if they were going to church. Odd as that sounds, when I was a child, even when I was really sick, my mother made sure to take the time to bathe me in some fashion, even if it was an alcohol bath, put me in clean, ironed clothes, and made me presentable before I could see a doctor. Yet, the directive of the health center is that every patient who comes in gets treated the same, with dignity and fairness, as if they were rich enough to go anywhere in the city or the country. Sometimes it was hard; there are a lot of people who have chips on their shoulder and don’t want to be treated nice. Other times, all they want is for someone to listen to them, give them a little bit of courtesy, and if you can make them laugh or feel comfortable in some way, you may help to make their day and week seem just a little bit nicer.

That’s pretty much the point I want to make in this particular post. Statistics say that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Truth be told, it really doesn’t take a lot to help those who don’t have as much as others life a better life. Even in our presently bad economy, there are some things that could help.

One, there’s plenty of food in the world, so much so that a lot of it is destroyed to keep prices regulated. Scrap that; pass it on to nonprofit organizations around the world to get people fed.

Two, let’s do what we can to stem the tide of poverty as it pertains to education. Without education, almost no one will ever have the chance to be something better than they are. Not everyone needs history and the like, but everyone needs to know how to read and how to do math. Even without homework or without enough books, this can be done.

Three, let’s get people working, and not slave labor jobs either. Every major city in the world has projects that need to be worked on. Contract with companies that agree to have at least 25% to 50% of the workforce on these projects coming from certain neighborhoods of the city, and give them a bonus if they provide childcare.

Four, hire people who work with and help those in need that have some compassion in their soul and a real yearn to install a sense of honor in people who may not be used to being treated with respect in their lives. Tone down the rhetoric against those who don’t have much; they didn’t ask for it.

I’m glad to have this opportunity to have my say on Blog Action Day. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to write for this blog, or how I wanted to end. So, I’ve decided to end with this little video:

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Blog Action Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Blog Action Day. Its purpose is to highlight the problem and issue of poverty around the world. A Blog Action Day, at http://blogactionday.org, has been set up to help track everyone who says they’re going to participate in this action.

I’ve decided not only to participate, but I’m going to write a different post for each blog tomorrow, which is the 15th, in case you’re reading this from elsewhere. One might think this would be a hard topic to address, but I’ve seen poverty, even if I can’t honestly say it’s in my personal background. But some family members have had to deal with this, and I was actually personally touched by it in my life, so I’ll have my say, and hopefully it’ll help make a difference in some way.

For an idea of what your page might look like, though I’m certainly not going to this kind of extreme, check out this post. By the way, you can also donate money to the cause or help promote it in other ways also. Just click on that first link above.

Why not take a stand and have a say? I hope all of you participate in some way.

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