Originally published on 27th August 2013.
Last week in my Creative Writing Group at the Stevenage Wellbeing Centre in Hertfordshire, I had to write about money and what I would do with it if I had lots of it to throw around. This exercise eventually led to me to wonder about those people who must survive on very little if any money at all.
There are millions of people living in some form of Poverty all around the world even in this day and age and I am not just talking about people who live in Africa, I mean people everywhere.
There are even people living in the world’s richest countries who are constantly struggling to make ends meet. Indeed, as History can attest, most if not all the countries in this world can claim to have experienced some of Poverty at some point and some of them, as we know all too well, still are.
There is a whole manner of potential causes of Poverty, some if not most of which walk hand-in-hand but the main causes range from War to Famine to Corrupt Leaders to Economic Decline. The latter cause has had a particularly significant influence in recent times as there are still so many people in this world who are too poor to afford even the basic necessities they need and who are unable to find work or feed their starving families.
The trouble is that we are all still feeling the strain, regardless of how well-off or not we may be, to the point that we look forlornly at Adverts in Charity Shop Windows and on our television sets and all we say or think to ourselves ‘What can we do when some of us can hardly make ends meet ourselves?’ Are we just saying or thinking that for the sake of doing so? Are we just simply being greedy and selfish? Or do we actually have a point here?
We want to do something about making Poverty History or at least we would like to do something about that but at the same time, we already have our own finances to worry about and the last thing we want is to end up on the streets ourselves. The thing is what do we actually have to do to successfully balance the scale between Charity and Greed?
That is the big question and a very significantly big one at that. It is also a question which may have an answer in the short term but most likely never have an answer in the long term and certainly never have a straight answer regardless of how much and how long we spend trying to find one.