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Poverty and injustice are hard to separate; poverty is an injustice in itself. India have examples of extreme slum. North America is no stranger to the homeless. Every country has its class systems—the rich, the poor, and the in-between. Families go without fresh water, children go uneducated or are put to work under horrible conditions, people walk through sludge and feces, and millions go without proper nutrition. Ending the suffering will begin with one but in order to succeed—needs the masses.
Poverty is an injustice in that humans suffer while others who could make a difference, look the other way. The upper sphere of society sits on large sums of money, but rather than investing their surplus on the needy, many would rather squander their cash on sports car, private chief, or jetting off to an exotic location. What would it take for the world to be cured of poverty? I think that it would have to be cured by the masses, government, funding laws, and a shift in consciousness.The hierarchy concept is essentially programmed into our animalistic natures. We are survivors at heart: eat, sleep, procreate, dominate, and complex beings second. As far as we know, this system has been around since society came into existence. Even the idea of a God creating lesser beings in his image is a form of hierarchy. However, it seems unjust that humans, despite our capacity for emotions, can allow others to suffer in such extreme ways.
It would take having to change an entire system to undo our ways. In order to get great jobs we must gain a good education, the higher you go academically, the more money you have the potential to earn. Yet, we underpay our educators’ inspiring teaching performances, and we overcharge for education. So we are selling the dream but make it impossible for most to purchase. Where lies equal opportunity? We want to help the poor but we also want them to help themselves. Consider how many companies will give people on the street a chance. I don’t have to look at the statistics to know it’s slim. People who are born into poverty, families who know nothing more than survival or perish, generation after generation, need a different perspective and a new chance. This chance will come from an economic boost given by the upper-class systems. To solve the injustice of poverty, the more fortunate need to take more of the initiative and blame. We must stop turning our backs and making excuses for the poor, and start realizing that selfishness, greed, power, and ego are truly what fuel the impoverished societies.
I am one of those people who could make a difference. I have chosen to put myself first, to take on the mentality that says, if I can’t see it, it doesn’t exists. This attitude is the poison of the world; it allows millions to die. What can I do? What is my place in the world? What do I value? How hard and how far am I willing to go, and push myself to see impacts, to feel change?
A surprising number of people that I have spoken to believe in a Nazi-inspired outlook of exterminating the lower class. These individuals feel that this would elevate our nation’s debt problems, help solve global warming, “cure” hunger, and allow the believed “survival type/higher species” to flourish. I took this opinion into consideration, but realized that eliminating the “problem” will not solve the crisis. If we wanted to eliminate the source, we would have to illuminate ourselves. The downtrodden are not the problem – they are people that truly know how to survive. The problem is not their presence, the issue is the higher class’s lack of presence in aiding their fellow human beings. Given the opportunity for education, health, and prosperity, how many great minds and hearts would we find buried in the slums of cities? We rally for gay rights, for the right to carry weapons, for the right to protest, to legalize marijuana, for race justice, and for women’s abortion rights. Where are the masses to rally for the poor all around the world?
If we want to see real changes and right the wrongs of this world, we need to step off out high horses and get down into the mud, literally. Consider that obesity is now one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. While Americans die of over-eating, there are people starving to death. We have all experienced the sensation of hunger, of the cold, or the tragic loss of a friend or family member. Imagine those sensations not just existing momentarily, but daily, by the second. We selfishly condemn millions into this daily suffering so that we can continue to consume. We give credit to the soldiers who would die for our peace, but no credit is given to the poor who die for our greed. There is no justice in this.
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