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Causes of Poverty
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Posted 5/27/07
why do people think that poverty is a modern day thing OMG i explained exactly why we have poverty. Well one of the big aspects. And as i said the problem is exacerbated. there are other reasons. thinks like climate change which increases the El Nino effect which has an affect of drought . there inst one excuse than just a modern day corrupt trans national corporation. You sound like disillusioned hippies.
Posted 5/27/07
poverty hmmm........
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Poverty is the reality of our nation today .. I can say that there a lot of reasons why so many people are suffering from this because its the same people within the community or in the country that is causing it ... the only way to solve this , is first by fixing the livelihood of the people .. give them job not alms .. it will not only give people a chance to live a gud life but also can help progress the country .. I believe that there is still hope ...
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Consider the global priorities in spending in 1998
Global Priority $U.S. Billions
Cosmetics in the United States 8
Ice cream in Europe 11
Perfumes in Europe and the United States 12
Pet foods in Europe and the United States 17
Business entertainment in Japan 35
Cigarettes in Europe 50
Alcoholic drinks in Europe 105
Narcotics drugs in the world 400
Military spending in the world 780

And compare that to what was estimated as additional costs to achieve universal access to basic social services in all developing countries:

Global Priority $U.S. Billions
Basic education for all 6
Water and sanitation for all 9
Reproductive health for all women 12
Basic health and nutrition 13

yeah, that kinda explains it...
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greed n principals
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Posted 5/28/07

Kirinri wrote:

Consider the global priorities in spending in 1998
Global Priority $U.S. Billions
Cosmetics in the United States 8
Ice cream in Europe 11
Perfumes in Europe and the United States 12
Pet foods in Europe and the United States 17
Business entertainment in Japan 35
Cigarettes in Europe 50
Alcoholic drinks in Europe 105
Narcotics drugs in the world 400
Military spending in the world 780

And compare that to what was estimated as additional costs to achieve universal access to basic social services in all developing countries:

Global Priority $U.S. Billions
Basic education for all 6
Water and sanitation for all 9
Reproductive health for all women 12
Basic health and nutrition 13

yeah, that kinda explains it...


Well, the reasoning is because our convenience > lives of poor people.
I mean, who cares? Providing several weeks of food for a thin, starving Nigerian boy vs buying a bottle of Dasani.
I think we have a winner.

As I argued previously, people in poverty is for use and abuse. That's the way the world works. It's not pretty, but that's what humanity seemed to have decided.

Now I hope you guys think about this while I go back drinking my bottle of Dasani.
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Posted 5/28/07
the reason for all of the bad things happening now is greed..
greed for money, power, fame and it's at the expense of others..
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Posted 5/28/07

skygod333 wrote:

you have socialist ideas happy,possibly bordering on communistic.part of free market is success and failure and rich people have succeded. they worked for it or they were thought about their decisions. its not their fault someone else failed, they just happened to make the right choices


It is a communistic idea. But lets face it, if it wasn't communistic, then poverty will still exist. You can never get rid of it there every isn't equal.
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Here's the difference between capitalism and communism.
In capitalism, there are some wealthy and some poor.
In communism, everyone is poor.

The point is that the most developed countries in the world practice capitalism. The communist nations (including the mother of communism, the Soviet Union) are not doing well. If you study economics, you will understand the fundamental problems of communism (but takes too long mentioning it here).

So what I'm trying to say is that overall, it's better to have 10000 wealth spread unevenly among 100 people than to have 1000 wealth spread evenly among 100 people.


EDIT: Of course, you can bring in the whole debate of the recent economic boom of Vietnam and China. However, China has a crapload of people and Vietnam gets its money from child prostitution, etc. Lets just not get into that debate.
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Posted 5/28/07
oh dear god i had to write an essay on causes of poverty for my RS coursework...

1: natural disasters - such as hurricanes, flooding etc that destroy homes and towns and even cities, which then need to be repaired

2: war - millions of pounds, euros etc are spent on manufacturing weapons which will be used to fight during war. rather than use the money to feed the people of the country, the governing body of that country would rather waste the money on killing people. wars also destroy homes as a result of bombing.

3: human greed - self explanatory. people keeping money all for themselves in stead of giving to those who need it more

4: debt - countries borrow money from rich countries (eg america. nothing personal, it's just a good example) to make some inprovements to their own countries eg education, food etc. they then have to give every penny of what they earn to the country they borrowed from due to interest, the country making them pay back many many times what they borrowed.

there's more but i can't think of them right now. i know what what i've put down here is poor quality and very brief but i'm not gonna re-write my whole friggin essay k? ^_^ any questions/flames PM me

EDIT: ah yes, and population control. more people, less to go around ^_^ cheers stratify!
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There are also the geographic reasons. For example, Africa can't grow as much crops as Asia could. Some nations are landlocked, meaning that they can't get goods via sea.

Also, population and birth control. The world can only support a finite amount of people. More births mean more people (decreasing the per capita income).

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Posted 5/28/07

happyxix wrote:


skygod333 wrote:

you have socialist ideas happy,possibly bordering on communistic.part of free market is success and failure and rich people have succeded. they worked for it or they were thought about their decisions. its not their fault someone else failed, they just happened to make the right choices


It is a communistic idea. But lets face it, if it wasn't communistic, then poverty will still exist. You can never get rid of it there every isn't equal.


it still exists and communism only makes countries poorer. look at what happened to russia and cuba
Posted 5/28/07
Poverty will always exist . Its part of life . As long as there is a dependency on currency , there will be people who cannot make ends meet.

Unfortunately, without a system of currency (including the bartering system) society would break down . I mean , would you work if you didn't have to pay for things? Thats the problem, with money there are poor people, without few are willing to make the things we need .

Without the drive for money , we wouldn't have advanced as far as we have .
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Posted 5/28/07
^ money is only one part of the equation.

There are other forms of poverty. There's material poverty (having money, but not having access to basic commodities is an example of material poverty), psycho-emotional poverty (being deprived of psycho-emotional conditioning because of personal inabilities, like being schizophrenic), socio-political poverty (lack of power or a voice in social issues or political affairs), and spiritual poverty (lack of spiritual guidance or freedom to express spirituality to it's fullest) among others.

I can't think of a root cause, but I think human greed and selfishness are to blame. There is a pressing "importance to the self" where people begin to turn into themselves, putting importance to their own self-preservation, that the result is a world where only the strong and powerful survive ~ those with connections and access to modes and forms that allow them to perpetuate their own selfish desires. The imbalance that results where other people cannot have access to even their basic needs is poverty.
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Actually, I think if there was a nuclear war and everyone died, then poverty will be solved. In fact, that would solve most of life's problems.
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