EXTREME POVERTY KILLS IN PARTICULARLY HORRIBLE WAYS.
It often kills slowly and always painfully. Whether it’s from unclean drinking water, preventable diseases, starvation or childbirth, death caused by extreme poverty is never easy. It wrecks its damage silently but relentlessly. Entire families are wiped out. Millions of children are killed and millions more are left orphaned. When 10,950,000 people die each year, because it is inconvenient for us to make the effort to save them, it is unforgivable.
The following list provides criteria to help you judge whether or not you can financially afford to make even the slightest effort to help prevent fellow human beings from dying unnecessary deaths.
WHO CAN AFFORD TO HELP?
*Those who take expensive vacations to get away from the pressures of “success”.
*Those who shop at new car dealerships because their current car is last year’s model.
*Those who think that being “powerful” is more important than helping the “powerless”.
*Those who buy season tickets for their favorite professional team so they can watch millionaires work.
*Those who can afford coats made from dead animals.
*Those who own a home with more than 2 bathrooms.
*Those who can afford to contribute to political campaigns.
*Those who pay ridiculous prices at shopping malls because the stores there are considered cool.
*Those who never have to go to the “bad parts of town”.
*Those who order expensive wine with dinner.
*Those who worry about “flow” and “space” in a 5,000 square foot house.
*Those who can afford to tithe at church.
*Those who feel free to waste anything.
*Those who can afford to fill up their gas guzzling SUVs.
*Those who live in gated communities.
*Those who can afford the best medical care in the world.
*Those who own any type of home “with a view”.
*Those who actually pay to get a tan.
*Those who spend a small fortune on their lawn.
*Those who get anything “custom-made”.
*Those who prefer “fashionable” over “functional”.
*Those who choose to move from place to place just because of “the climate”.
*Those who attempt to “buy happiness”.
*Those who belong to a country club.
*Those who can make reservations anywhere for anything at anytime.
*Those who sit on a board of directors.
*Those who have income to waste on cosmetic surgery.
*Those who can afford to eat just to relieve stress.
*Those who measure their self-worth by their material possessions.
*Those who collect rent from other people.
*Those who use their purchasing power to impress others.
*Those who must have the “biggest” and the “best”.
*Those whose wealth makes them feel superior to those without money.
*Those who think that “owning” the world is more important than “saving” the world.
When people die because they can’t get the daily calories equal to one fast food cheeseburger, it is not right. When they die because they can’t get life saving medicine that costs less than a bottle of aspirin, it is not right. When they die because they can’t get clean water to drink, while our household pets have plenty of fresh water, it is not right. When a woman living in sub-Saharan Africa has a 1 in 16 chance of dying in pregnancy, it is not right. If our materialistic way of life actually contributes to the misery of impoverished children, than it is wrong to have so much and to consume so much. If by sacrificing just a little, we can save lives, than we should be willing to make those sacrifices.
WE DECIDE, AFTER WEIGHING ALL THE FACTS, THAT WE WILL LET 30,000 PEOPLE DIE EVERY DAY SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THE “THINGS” WE WANT, EVEN IF THEY COME AT THE EXPENSE OF HUMAN LIVES…AND THEY DO.