Extreme Poverty

In Jeffrey Sachs‘ new book The End of Poverty, one of the main points that Sachs makes is that living in extreme poverty is like being caught in a trap. How, for the majority of the over 1 Billion humans living in extreme poverty, the existence they have is the only existence they will ever know (metaphysical possibilities aside). Unable to reach the bottom rung of the economic ladder, they have no way to climb out… no way to improve their own condition. They are stuck.

It is up to those in a position to help, i.e. everyone who is already on the economic ladder, i.e. all of us, to give those who are stuck a helping hand… to aid those who cannot yet reach the bottom rung.

Sachs also makes the point that the world is not zero-sum, meaning that one’s person gain need not be another’s loss. Indeed, humans everywhere would benefit from eliminating extreme poverty.

If you are fortunate enough to be able to read this article, meaning you have access to electricity, a computer, and probably the basic necessities of life, then you are also in a position to help. Whether you do or not is up to you.

Why should you?

If you help other people, and try to make the world a better place, then you will be working towards being able to live in a better world.

Also, as an empathetic human, meaning you empathize with the pain of others and therefore feel the pain of others, the less pain that others have, the less pain there is for you to feel.

So, if for no one else, do it for yourself.

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