Lee Wilkinson


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How do we really solve the problems of hunger and poverty in the World?

We know we have the resources and the technology to solve many of the worlds problems, the question is how do we do that? Not, how do we talk about it and come up with good and credible ideas, but how do we really put them into practice? Hunger and poverty are two issues which we know in truth we could solve but it seems that the worlds leader are lost to other things, if that is the case how do we move forward?

  • Mar 26 2011: Hi Lee, I think the answer varies depending on whether you refer to poverty in the North American context or in a 'poorly developed country' context. In the North American context, I suppose we could whittle it down to provide more jobs, social services and so on. In the global context, the landscape is quite different. Many poorly developed countries are resource-rich. Conversely, there are countries with little natural resources (Singapore, for example) that manage quite well. I think it really comes down to the management, that is, the government of these countries. Corruption is a major issue. If leaders had the interest of their people at heart, instead of the size of their tax-haven bank account, the social setting would be quite different. Education is paramount, but the governments prefer to keep their people uneducated, hungry and dependent on them. Aid donor countries need to demand accountability of funds given to these governments. Overpopulation, poverty and hunger then become symptoms of greed and power at the top. Some countries try, but with large populations, it is difficult to turn things around quickly.
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    Mar 29 2011: Everyone, everyone, and everyone has to learn, figure out, or just know the threats against us; what must be done for the security of our planet which is our future.

    First, the problem must be uncovered

    Second, awareness must be spread

    Third, new organizations must form

    Lastly, the organizations must come together to further communicate

    The problem = limitations of any degree that restrict knowledge in anyway, the ideals of nationalism, and fundamental religious teachings.

    If started to teach children (3-11) how to critically think tomorrow, in 20 years the world would be an entirely NEW place. the fact the major accepted academic system in the world is a shit system, instead of teaching babies - children how to think, talk, and respond we teach them facts and to follow orders. So in life the best students are the best puppet consumers. Truly I believe education is the key to the revolution of man. If we were taught how to take criticism, how to debate, and how to rationalize I don't think any system would due because that would limit how much shared free thinking can create.
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    Mar 29 2011: if there were no money, how many people in africa would die of AIDS for not having money to buy it ?

    no but seriously poverty is the effect of money. As long as we have the economical system that we have today there will be poverty.

    If we would skip the money and divide all resources to all countries in the world we wouldn't need poverty to be rich, because everybody would be rich right?

    For one person to get the X-% profit from their 10 million dollars on the bank, 100s of people need to have 1hundred thousand dollars in lone with a x-% interest.

    In other words. The economic system today takes money from the poor and gives to the rich.

    and if that doesn't make the poverty grow i dont know what does.....

    This may just be my way of thiniking but something tells me im not alone on this world with this kind of thinking.
  • Mar 27 2011: Battle the greed that lies within ourselves. Practice generousity.