Poverty !

Well written article on poverty. Covers a lot of points. Yes, for us average readers there is hardly any way to ascertain the numbers used and figures given. The author does not provide any references or sources of the numbers quoted.

For me, it’s clear that the author does not understand the idea that many people may earn less than dollar two per day still might live very comfortably. A farmer having a family of five with average income of 2 USD per day has total income of 10 USD per day. Given the fact that most farmers manage to have food grains , vegetables and milk by themselves, do not require gym to exercise, live in close community not requiring mobiles and internets or cars, this income is better than some low income industrial workers. This fact becomes even more clear when you factor in cheap electricity ( if there is any), no reliance on taxi’s , no use of maids, dislike for over priced pizzas and nearly free water.

I am sure , most westerners, who spend 60-120 USD per month only on mobile phone bills are not aware of simple living. I am not forming any opinion nor judging the post written. I am just not sure how wise it is to define poverty only on the basis of money.

Happy reading!

21 things they never tell you about poor countries
http://emergenteconomics.com/2014/02/24/21-things-they-never-tell-you-about-poor-countries/

2 comments

  1. Thanks for aying it’s well-written but you’re wrong about the data. I link to the World bank website and say in several places ‘according to the World Bank’.

    It’s also hilarious how you’ve missed the overall message of the piece. Or did you actually read it? I specifically argue that money doesn’t buy you happiness, and I am quite aware that in some circumstances people can live on very little and still achieve some level of life satisfaction. However I’d challenge you to try and live in the abject poverty that more than half of the people do in South Sudan, though, and be ‘happy’. Or Central African Republic. Or parts of rural India, or China, or a great many other places.

    Just to help you understand my points about happiness and poverty, i’m going to quote from the piece:

    “12. Money doesn’t make you happy. Up to about US$75,000 a year it does – and most people aren’t anywhere near that level – but beyond that it doesn’t have any effect, according to Nobel prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman. “The four basic needs: food, housing, clothes and medicine must be cheap and easy for everybody. That’s civilisation”, says Jon Jandai, a farmer from northeast Thailand. I’d add primary, secondary and tertiary education, too.

    13. Poor countries can learn from the mistakes of the rich on the environment and life satisfaction. Lower income countries have leapfrogged some technologies. For example many will never install fixed telephone lines because mobile coverage is so good. Vast numbers of people will never touch a PC, doing all their computing on a smartphone or tablet.

    The governments of poor countries should be more adventurous, leapfrogging ideologies too. Some proponents of economic growth argue that environmental sustainability and a focus on happiness will handicap poverty reduction. But it could enable some countries to prioritise the important things in life. Endless growth is impossible and undesirable.

    Beyond a certain point rich inefficiency is the real problem. Why do developing countries ape the development paths and economic structures of the West? We are wage slaves who perform bullshit jobs so that we can service our mortgages. The advance of the car ruined everyone’s quality of life so that a minority can sit in air-conditioned metal boxes in jams. Clever thought-leadership in the majority world could lead the way for the rich. Bhutan’s idea of Gross National Happiness is an example.”

    1. Your points are noted. Your reply to my sharing is appreciated. I am sure , a reread of my small note shall help you understand that I did not criticise your piece. I simply said for average people numbers are unverifiable. I also said , I (personal statement)am not sure if money is a good way to judge poverty.

      Keep writing!

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