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Is life about economics or people?

Charlie Holles

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

  

There are more children than ever before in poverty in this country; queues form at food banks; children go to school knowing their school lunch will be the only good meal they will have.....and yet we are still in the top 1% of the world’s population in terms of wealth. People here think they are suffering if they cannot afford to upgrade to the latest smartphone, even though their old one is still fine.


Of course I am not denying that every winter old people die because they cannot adequately heat their houses. That would be callous. But think of the child born in the slums of Calcutta, whose fate is to become a beggar – sometimes even being deliberately maimed to make him more likely to elicit sympathy and alms from passers-by. Many children are born in Buenos Aires who, if they survive, will end up as members of an armed gang. I need hardly mention the untold numbers in Africa who face a wretched existence we cannot even imagine. The TV images we see are almost an insult to these poor wretches, as they give just an air brushed image that barely hints at the misery of their existence.


Endless charity may not be a solution. As the old saying goes, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” There is much in that yet it can be an excuse for lack of compassion and the understanding that we are all part of the human family.


I won’t go into the complex politics of the current Greek situation. Of course many mistakes have been made by all sides over many years. Yet it seems to me that what is happening now is appeasement of the banking and financial system at the expense of suffering individuals. Greece is no Third World country but it shows how the whole economic system of the world (for that read the advanced countries) has become a monster with its own life. It is no longer about it serving us – the people – but about us serving it.


Is life really all about ever more material consumption? Why should national economies constantly grow? Every nation seeks to have a financial surplus yet that can only happen for one country if the next one has a deficit. Is this not insanity? Surely we are on this earth to live together with everyone having enough to eat, good shelter and safety?


If we cannot find a deeper meaning in life and a more compassionate way to live then I do not think that the human race will be around into the 22nd century. Perhaps that will be best for the earth as I think that within a fairly short time of our demise the planet will once again be verdant with a flourishing animal life.