- Arianna Johnson
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International equality through foreign aid. What do we owe other countries, if anything?
As a nation striving to be the best, we often find it hard to love one’s neighbor let alone fellow human thousands of miles away. We have previously discussed the issue if one is entitled to as they say, “help thy brothers” or if simply humans are placed on earth to progress by themselves and for themselves. Especially in the United States we often see the “greed” not wanting to help any other countries when we ourselves are in an incredible amount of debt. While I understand the fears and the concerns of those unwilling to help others in far off nations. Is it too much to ask to spend only .7% of our gross national income on foreign aid? Should we be sending any money at all? Should the government have any involvement in the impoverished nations overseas or is it an issue of out of sight, out of mind?
“In 1970, the world’s rich countries agreed to give 0.7% of their gross national income as official international development aid, annually. Since that time, despite billions given each year, rich nations have rarely met their actual promised targets. For example, the US is often the largest donor in dollar terms, but ranks amongst the lowest in terms of meeting the stated 0.7% target.”
Think about how you would spend your money if you were an adult with a mortgage, and paying for college. As American’s are we wrong in the way we prioritize? Have we lost sight of humanity as a whole and left behind entire continents?
In a well thought out essay gather your thoughts about how money should be allocated, and consider whether or not we as humans should be our brothers keeper.