Picture of siblings living in extreme poverty in El Salvador. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Although the “Poor Us: an animated history – Why Poverty?” video which I embedded in this post doesn’t have an answer which can address poverty of the world, it certainly does heighten the awareness of an interesting topic which seems to never be out of sight and out of mind of earthly citizens since the dawn of time. The video cherry picked few well known historic events and myths to narrate the story of historic poverties. It also touched on few near contemporary historic poverty events. It does not actually providing enough insight into why we humans could not get rid of poverty, but it’s understandable since we humans could not find out how to get rid of poverty once and for all yet. Nonetheless, it does raise a point in that it recognizes many people since the historic pasts have been knowingly acknowledged the idealism of — if everyone is rich, nobody would want to do the dirty works. Is it an ideal to hold dear to heart by us? I certainly hope not, because this ideal is so readily promoting that fews should rule and the rest should toil away as slaves. I think, instead of holding this ideal dearly to heart, one must strive on to find a real solution to poverty even if there isn’t one, and only by doing this the world would be a much nicer home for us all.
As technology advances faster than I could dream, here come the ideal of having machines to do the humans’ dirty works. Will this address poverty as the human timeline moves ahead? Then there is a very real problem at hand, and this problem is not going to be easy to swallow. Which? I’m talking about the explosion of populations around the world.
China is implementing one child policy still, but the government there is having a second thought about this policy as its society is now facing the problem of having more men than women, in term of population wise in correlation with the stability of a society. Everywhere else is living a higher standard than the historic pasts for healthcare had improved greatly, therefore peoples’ lifespan is now much much better. In short, the world that we know today has a population that is much much larger than any population of the pasts. The kick is that as we move ahead into the future, the world is striving to have even bigger population. It is easy to understand why this is so! It is so, because today living standard is not going to suddenly slip back into the medieval living standard (i.e., living standard of medieval period). Of course, I did disregard about the possibility of having the world going insane, did I? Such insanity would be another world war (i.e., nuclear war) and the likes. Such insanity might destabilize the current growth rate of the world population, but it certainly will never be a solution to extreme poverty. In fact, if such insanity and the likes to occur on our future timeline, only stricken griefs and poverty can be seen even more at large, around the world. So don’t even bet on such insanity, OK?
My point is that, although living standard of today is higher, but poverty is still too real to ignore. Perhaps, higher living standard might make life a lot harder for people who are living in extreme poverty? You know, the saying goes that if you’re a millionaire, you might as well spend like a millionaire… I think higher living standard might put some strains on the people who are living in stricken poverty.
Another point I want to make is that as technology improves to the point that everything can be automated, machines might make humans become jobless bunches. When there is a will there is a strength to deploy machines to do human works. After all, efficiencies must be met and cost saving strategies must be carried out in order for any business to make bigger profits, right? As the rate of growth of world population explodes, I think the advancing of technological automatons might become the double edge sword — it cuts to kill and it also slices to feed.
Please enjoy the “Poor Us: an animated history – Why Poverty?” video right after the break.