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Blog Action Day – Poverty

Man invented money for trade. He exchanged goods for money. He defined prosperity in terms of money. He who had more money was the richest of the rich. But he failed to set an upper limit for the amount of money. Mathematically it is possible for anyone to own an infinite amount of money.

But nature’s rule is, for everything there has to be an opposite. An Anti substance or an Anti-matter has to exist for a particular thing in nature. A simple example is Man and Woman. In Science, people say there is Matter with Positive mass and Anti-matter with an equal negative mass.

So as human went after seeking more and more wealth, acquiring it faster than they should, they didn’t realize what they were leaving behind. They were leaving behind the folks who do not have all the opportunities in the world, who are unfortunate by birth or by situation.

Is it their fault that they didn’t go to school or college?

Is it their fault that they are suddenly not able to afford food due to inflation caused by a heated economy?

On Blog Action Day, I am not going to speak at length on the topic of Poverty as we probably know a lot about it already. I am here to throw 2 main points that I think is very key to eradicate Poverty.

1. Education. Without this no one can be competitive. The difference between the people who are well off and the ones who are not is the opportunity to learn. Education is not a material that is obtained using money but with a thirst for Knowledge. Hence, My ultimate dream is Free education for all. I feel it is every one’s birthright to get free education to give every one a fair chance in life.

2. A Steady Economic Growth. We need Growth to create good jobs and wealth. But it has to be steady. Growth has to be natural and when Growth goes off in a tangent not coinciding with nature you fall off the cliff, the bubble bursts, the trouble deepens.

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17 thoughts on “Blog Action Day – Poverty

  1. Free education is something I dream of too. Though even with steady growth, laws of nature; what goes up comes down…or so am told. Guess as long as the decline is steady too, it should be fine. Sorry that is the pessimist in me talking!

  2. “Is it their fault that they didn’t go to school or college?”

    where there is a will there is a way

    ” Is it their fault that they are suddenly not able to afford food due to inflation caused by a heated economy?”

    yes,the second they blame you are me,it is their
    fault.

    you your self have said it ”
    Education is not a material that is obtained using money but with a thirst for Knowledge”

    Giving water to someone who needs it is good,but if they don’t accept and blame you,sorry.

  3. Great post 🙂

    I’m a fellow believer in education. I have also started to believe that we, as individuals, have more power than we give ourselves credit for. It’s amazing how each of us can make a huge, huge difference. We could make blog action day a social action day too!

  4. Apar
    Free education is something I dream of too.
    It will be good if the Govt. can dream of this and take steps to realize it.

    Though even with steady growth, laws of nature; what goes up comes down…or so am told.
    Yes, what goes up has to come down. But the hurt of the fall is less only when we climb one step at a time creating a base at every stage. Otherwise, anything is bound for a free fall like the financial crisis.

    Sorry that is the pessimist in me talking!
    Only when you see the pessimism in you, your optimism can strengthen.

    Vishesh
    where there is a will there is a way
    Sorry, but the doors are locked for those with no money. The Govt education in India is so under par compared to the public schools in developed countries.

    yes,the second they blame you are me,it is their fault.
    They have the right to blame when they feel the division. As we improve our standard of living, theirs keeps going down because they can’t afford the inflating prices of basic commodities. This is why DMK is trying to bring 1 Rupee rice to the poor (also for votes in the election), but the idea is distributed pricing, even though it is a highly debatable topic.

    Giving water to someone who needs it is good,but if they don’t accept and blame you,sorry.
    Sorry, I didn’t understand this. A Son/daughter of constructor worker living in a slum probably has as much thirst for knowledge as the son/daughter of Ambani’s. The former cannot afford the school and the later can afford for a 100 children I guess ( or more!).

  5. Shivya
    Great post 🙂
    Thank you 🙂

    I’m a fellow believer in education.
    Am Glad I have company.

    I have also started to believe that we, as individuals, have more power than we give ourselves credit for.
    yes, Most times we underestimate our abilities, until we are pushed to the limit we do not realize it.

    It’s amazing how each of us can make a huge, huge difference.
    Indeed. If we can create a dent in the universe as Steve Jobs said, then we have lived our purpose.

    We could make blog action day a social action day too!
    Very True!

    Amit
    Education is the only way out
    I am glad, I have a lot of people concurring with me on Education.

    but the way we are multiplying, I wonder how much help can education provide?
    Well education provides us with Fundamental Skills. Whatever job you take you have to know some subject fundamentally. If you want to do business you will have to know the basics of Maths, without which you cannot do anything.

  6. Feed a man some fish and he will be hungry after a few hours. Teach a man to fish and he’ll never be hungry all his life!

    Yup educate them and give them all H1B/F1 visas. Coz there will be no jobs once u educate everyone! Let us start exporting brains to teh world!

  7. So true what you said Dinesh, about not being their fault. It is so easy to blame those who are not educated and the fact is that if they were born in our families they would be educated! At times its the ignorance of the parents, the lack of money and so many other things that prevent them from getting educated.

  8. Free education is a very good concept. But the poor people don’t seem to realize that. They only want to earn what little money they can to feed their stomachs to at least half full. If we could provide food as well as education for free, then there might be a change in the way they think.

  9. Maxdavinci
    Feed a man some fish and he will be hungry after a few hours. Teach a man to fish and he’ll never be hungry all his life!
    Perfect Analogy. The man will never go hungry all his life or as much of Fish is left whichever is earlier.

    Yup educate them and give them all H1B/F1 visas.
    Education only gives them an opportunity. Not everyone needs to land a H1B job.

    Coz there will be no jobs once u educate everyone!
    There may be no IT jobs. But there are going to be jobs in lot of other sector that people should consider. Fundamental difference between India and West. We think Engineers and doctors are the only way to go.

    Let us start exporting brains to teh world!
    Remember,the world is flat.

    Nita
    It is so easy to blame those who are not educated and the fact is that if they were born in our families they would be educated!
    Exactly, they are not given all the rosy opportunities that we have had in our childhood. Resources are very important for education and we got that in all forms of books, but not them.

    At times its the ignorance of the parents, the lack of money and so many other things that prevent them from getting educated.
    Lack of money is the first thing and also other factors as you said. It is undeniable that education is a building block for anyone who has to survive in this world. We are no longer just simple Hunter-Gatherers.

    Anniyan
    But the poor people don’t seem to realize that.
    They are more concerned about their short term needs like what to eat next day.

    They only want to earn what little money they can to feed their stomachs to at least half full.
    They are left with no choices and being exploited as they live one day to another.

    If we could provide food as well as education for free, then there might be a change in the way they think.
    Providing basic food like Rice and Dal for free a good idea but it might need enormous resources much larger than free education. But ultimately you are right, if they have no bother about everyday’s food, they will definitely have time to think about education.

  10. I think before education and steady economy, the most important factor is population control. A family of four is economically better than a family of nine (which is common in poor people and labor class). Poverty makes them think more people will mean more workers and more money but they dont realise that less people will mean less mouths to feed and more food/clothes/money.

  11. Reema
    I think before education and steady economy, the most important factor is population control.
    Yes, but to make people understand about population control, they will need to be educated about it and if we provide education to the current generation the will automatically understand its implications as they grow up. In the present generation, the damage is probably done.

    they dont realise that less people will mean less mouths to feed and more food/clothes/money
    I guess the basics of economics have to be preached in some form.You have made a very good point and I think “Population control awareness” has to be made along with Education and Steady Economy. In fact steady economy depends on the population as well.

  12. good post ..
    and the 2 points u mentioned are indeed the most imp steps which need to complement each other ..

    but government should do something about it. .
    The sarva shisha abhiyan aint doing anything good ..
    the schools are empty in most of the villages
    😦

  13. Arvind
    good post
    Thank you 🙂

    and the 2 points u mentioned are indeed the most imp steps which need to complement each other
    Exactly, they both are very important.

    The sarva shisha abhiyan aint doing anything good
    Sometimes plan and action are not equal.

    the schools are empty in most of the villages
    They don’t want to take up because they think they need money more than education. It is unfortunate truth.

  14. I do think education is important, but nothing after the 8th Standard syllabus is practically useful! I have never used Integral Calculus or the Fourier Transformation!

    Primary Schooling (Even up to 8th Standard is where the Government has to act). After that (Especially with the colleges), it is only about commerce. First the colleges make money, then we make money. A lot of it without realizing what we have lost in the bargain!

    Destination Infinity

  15. Destination Infinity
    I have never used Integral Calculus or the Fourier Transformation!
    You are right, I haven’t used them either. But education is given to people in a wide area of subjects so that if at all they may end up using it, this would be very useful.

    First the colleges make money, then we make money.
    That’s why the primary education, later blossoms into a career. If there was no need for money, we would have simply done whatever we loved to do.

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