Heard today on the radio that 24,000 are feared dead in Pakistan and India… 24,000 that’s more people than in most small towns.
It’s so easy for us in the West to see this on the news and say “Oh, those poor people.. we should send them some money”. Canada has pledged $20 million… yay Canada….
What they need isn’t money… in the long term what they need is an escape from poverty. Their governments can’t, or won’t provide them with adequate and safe housing. They have little work and little support system.
I’ve had a thought for some time now about how rich countries can go from simply fronting a bunch of cash when disaster strikes, to actually *helping* these countries provide for and support their citizens. I don’t think the majority of Western people would be ready to support my idea… nor do I think the poorer countries would feel comfortable supporting it… but its’ an idea.
I’ll go into greater detail another day when I have time to type. Until then, spare a moment to think about the billions of people out there who have so much less than you. If you are reading this.. chances are you are one of the elite on our planet, whether you like to think of yourself that way or not, it’s true.