Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Take away disclaimers of how poverty will never be fully eradicated from this world, and tell me:

What do you think is the best way to go about reducing/eradicating poverty?

Tell me what you think even if you don't have all the answers!


the cottage child said...

You would ask this - I am haunted by the proclamation "the poor will always be with you". It's so counterintuitive, especially considering it's source. And I guess ultimately you can't MAKE someone divorce a posture of poverty, no matter the means made available. Maybe that's what He meant.

I'm not sure I can pin down a cohesive, direct response to the question, but I would begin with taking "charity" out of the government's hands, and politics out of the church's and private charity's. They seem to have gotten their roles confused.

And I'm a sentimentalist, ultimately, when it comes to people being properly fed. Good nutrition is good for the spirit as well as the body. I would want to see far less government acquiescence to corporate agribusiness and more encouragement of people to be in touch with their food sources. I don't think we need to all be full-time agrarians to succeed, but I think it has more to do with learning about understanding our bigger picture through being equipped to fulfill some of our own most basic needs (she says, as she picks thankless grubs out of her cute baby squash - gross!)

Ashley said...

I wonder if He meant that the poor will always be among us - not because they choose not to rise above - but because we choose not to let them.

Probably a combination of both.

I love your thoughts on food sources! I think the food and the nature/setting of the work to get the food is one way most people don't get fed right now.

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