Happy Eid al-Adha,
and a very Happy New Year!
There are times at which wealthier nations share their wealth among poorer nations in their needs. Although we acknowledge the importance of these matters, one should not neglect the negative impact it has. In my opinion, it is the responsibility of the governments to take care of their people and support them.
Firstly, if the poorer nations depend on the wealthy nations for food and education it may lead them to be submissive always to wealthier nations. People will not have freedom to their own way. Whereas the governments of poorer nations support their citizens themselves even if it may be a little of a burden to them, it would improve the status of that country.
Secondly, there are chances to dispose the unwanted, expired items to the poorer nations from the developed countries. For example, at the time of war or natural disaster, there are helping hands of wealthy nations by providing food, clothes, and medical care and many times it may not be useful for the needy.
However, contradicting to the above said, wealthier nations can give guidance for education with modern facilities. It may give not only a better experience to that country, but also to improve the status of the poorer nation.
With both wealthy nations and poorer nations the never ending debate of who is responsible for this problem, it is common that the blame is passed back and forth, rarely the blame is shared between them. But should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth? That is a difficult thing to judge.
The wealthy nations, having a strong economy may be expected to help the less fortunate nations in simple matters of food and clean water to drink but they don’t have to share responsibility for all of the people if they should decide to help out its considered charity or volunteer work. They are only responsible for their own nation and their own needs.
Governments of poorer nations are always trying to spread the blame of their poverty elsewhere. They blame civil wars which are a main issue in most territories, disease and the climate may also be contributing factors but the governments themselves have to act and plan how to overcome these obstacles and take action to help revive their people back to their former glory by creating stability and harmony among their citizens because with stability comes order so they can rise up and no longer need to be given handouts by other more fortunate nations.
On occasions it is difficult to say if sharing the wealth will help the poorer nations. Sometimes they might become dependent on these riches being handed out to them that they will never attempt to form their own educational system nor grow and manufacture their own food. As the proverb says ‘Give a man a fish, he has lunch for a day. Teach a man to fish, he has lunch everyday.’
I do believe that wealthier nations should help the less fortunate but only by letting them help themselves. Teach them how to grow crops instead of just giving them food, show them how to get clean water supplies instead of just sending them trucks of water, and to try opening dialogues with their governments on how to improve their school systems. In my personal opinion is that this way will be much more helpful to poorer nations than just sharing their profits.
Nowadays the gap between wealthy nations and poorer nations is becoming huge and you can hear a voice here and there demanding to work on decreasing that gap by improving life conditions in those poorer countries and to do so there are two main opinions.
The first one say that wealthy nations are required to make more intensive efforts in helping poorer nations by providing some basic aids like food or education either by donating to the NGOs or contributing to the governments. But some experts oppose this way of helping. They say it doesn’t give real help. On the contrary it keeps poorer nations needy and it just creates countries unwilling to be developed and they will just remain poor; leaning on others to help.
The second opinion says that to develop poorer nations conditions have nothing to do with wealthy nations. It is the responsibility of the governments of poorer countries to work on their problems and find out convenient solutions for their poverty. Those who defend this idea say that most of the poor countries have natural resources and the problem is inside and it can be described as a problem of using the available natural resources for income. Furthermore, whatever wealthy nations provide it will not succeed and that it is like rewarding the governments of the poorer countries for their ignorance and abuse of their natural wealth.
If we take a deeper look into the situation we can say that both of the two parties are correct and wrong at the same time. They are wrong because neither the wealthy nation’s help alone nor the governments of the poor nations alone can provide a good solution, but it is right to have both together; the good will that helps and the governments that are willing to take care in a proper way of their citizens.
When looking at the world today you will find that 80 percent of the countries are poor countries. They have no natural resources such as oil, gas or other revenues that they can use. The other twenty percent of countries of the world have good natural resources and good revenues that come from industries and export of goods to other countries. Some countries of the world do have natural resources but lack the knowhow, the technical knowledge, to make use of these natural resources and they try to import such experience from the outside in order to help them utilize such resources but not up to the required level they would hope for.
Governments of such poorer nations must spend much efforts in trying to help their people to get at least a reasonable standard of living, maybe by providing opportunities for jobs and education, raising the general standard of living for their people through various means; good administration, putting the right man in the right place, fighting corruption, equality in distributing the wealth and other opportunities between people.
The wealth, I think, do not have to share their wealth with poorer nations in a direct way ie by giving money and food, although wealthy nations can help poorer nations in overcoming their economic, cultural and educational problems by sending missions of experts to those poorer countries to try to help increase the standard of living in many different fields.
I really think and in the same wish the world will get better by establishing an administration with the United Nations that cares for strengthening relationships between wealthy and poorer nations in a way that leads to providing some subsidies given by wealthy nations to the poor all over the world because man is the man wherever he lives and he should have his dividends in the wealth that God made available for mankind everywhere all over the globe.
In conclusion, I think that overcoming poverty of people in poorer countries in the world can be accomplished primarily by the governments of those nations. The help of the wealthy nations may help with presence of good intentions but it comes as a second priority regarding this matter.
Wealth and poverty are the most argued about words in life. These two words apply to every aspect in our world, and most people are either wealthy or poor. Middle class level could be the best level man could ask for; in this level man can secure the minimum of everything if he chooses.
However, it is not our choice to be born wealthy or poor, on this rich, low populated country or that poor, crowded, low resourced country. Moreover, it’s not in our hands to choose the family that is raising us, and if it is a responsible, educated and loving, or an illiterate abusing one that cant maintain the simplest needs in life.
But again there is the part the countries play through their governments and their duties towards their citizens and the equilibrium between duties and rights.
Nations are not the same and opportunities are not equal. We can see a wealthy country but the level of its human resources is low and others just the opposite. The poles of power in the world are those nations who have and also control the economy of the worlds. These nations are held responsible to take the lead in improving the world’s economy by encouraging the buildup of organizations that are able to reach the far most areas to help and improve the low situations for the poor; whether it is food, medicine, shelter or education. Making friendly gestures to the governments of the poor nations by offering all kinds of help in return for money if not for charity.