Another Day in Paradise – Thoughts on Poverty

Poverty is universal. You can see it in any country of the world. In some places its far more prevalent than others, but the effects are the same on all those who suffer because of it. There is enough money in this world to eradicate poverty and yet, it is spent in other ways…a large portion of it on things that cause further destruction. Do I need a for instance? About.com features an article outlining the US military spending on the Iraq war alone. They put the total at around $800 billion. Think of what that money could do to better people’s lives.

I don’t have a global solution to end poverty. Governments are not easily swayed to aid in this crisis. My only idea revolves around the individual. Like anything, change can only happen when enough people take it upon themselves to do something. Perhaps you give to a charity, donate food, help at a shelter. Maybe you’re the kind of person who goes right to the front line. To be honest, I can’t say that I’ve done a lot to help. I’ve donated money and that’s about it. When I pause to think about poverty, I always vow to do more. But it never really pans out, because I’m not really sure what to do and what will be effective.

Many bloggers are involving themselves in this blog action day. I plan to do a lot of reading today and perhaps get some ideas as to where I can start to help in my area (see http://blogactionday.org for more posts). I’ll leave you with a most poignant song on the issue by Phil Collins. I happened to be listening to it the other day and it always makes me pause and think. My hope is that it will have the same effect on you. Perhaps we’ll all stop to listen to the small pleas for help on our own streets. What do you think you’ll do?

Another Day in Paradise

She calls out to the man on the street
sir, can you help me?
Its cold and I’ve nowhere to sleep,
Is there somewhere you can tell me?

He walks on, doesn’t look back
He pretends he cant hear her
Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
Seems embarrassed to be there

Oh think twice, its another day for
You and me in paradise
Oh think twice, its just another day for you,
You and me in paradise

She calls out to the man on the street
He can see she’s been crying
She’s got blisters on the soles of her feet
She can’t walk but she’s trying

Oh think twice…

Oh lord, is there nothing more anybody can do
Oh lord, there must be something you can say

You can tell from the lines on her face
You can see that she’s been there
Probably been moved on from every place
‘Cause she didn’t fit in there

Oh think twice…

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5 thoughts on “Another Day in Paradise – Thoughts on Poverty

  1. I agree with you that it is up to everyone of us to make a contribution ,the government’s role is to orchestrate this collective effort into an orgnized campaign that will ensure that help will get to those in need .

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