Africa is not a hospice
Written by Adam Myers : October 17, 2008
Over the last few weeks governments around the world have been clamouring to rush money into failing financial systems in order to stave off the impending “economic crisis”. The American government passed a US$700 billion bill to try to sure up liquidity in credit markets.
It would only cost $82 billion (for 5 years) to meet all of the millennium development goals.
Almost half of the world’s population lives on less than $2 a day ($730 a year). The “economic crisis” is already here, and it has been here for a long time.
I would like to see world leaders justify their respective bail-out plans (or wars, unjust import tariffs, etc) to a child whose dying of an easily curable disease, to a prostitute desperate to scrap food together for her children, or to a wandering refugee forced out of his home because of international apathy.
The state of the world is a mess. The fact that we continue to build our mega-projects and quest after ever increasing supplies of wealth in the face of such extreme poverty is a disgrace. It is a blight on the human race that highlights so clearly our love of money and, therefore, hatred of fellow man.
Our only truly moral option is to bankrupt ourselves to fix this mess. Yet there is not one political leader in any party in the world who is willing to make a significant difference. We treat Africa like a hospice.
When will the west grow a spine? If we don’t arrive at the future together we wont arrive there at all.
We are an evil people. It’s not like we can plead ignorance. In our interconnected world we all have access to the evidence. Also, several noteworthy non-profit organisations are making sure we don’t miss it. The reality is that we are all insatiably greedy. We are willing to buy a bigger house, get a nicer car, and watch brand new blue rays on our extra large TVs, in a fruitless search for happiness or meaning, whilst billions of people die because they lack the most basic necessities: clean water, food, shelter, medicine, peace, and love.
So why not do something about it? There is no time for further excuses. God’s economy is built upon love rather than greed. It is selfless rather than selfish. That means that one day we will all be rich when the latent potential of every human is fully realised. But for today it means we will be poor.
We all spend money on useless things - daily coffee, DVDs, and books that we only read once. It is time we stopped wasting our money. We also all have things we don’t use or don’t need. Our houses are jammed full of stuff. It is time we sold it. That way we could raise ever increasing amounts of money to give to the dyeing.
Maybe, just maybe, we’ll find out that you can’t buy happiness after all - but you can give it away.
Author Bio:: Adam is an ordinary programmer from Australia trying to discover what it means to truly “take up your cross” and follow Christ whilst living in the middle of empire. He has a blog at Army of Priests.
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