How many times have we come across the word ‘poverty’, in newspapers, books and other broadcasts? All of them refer to how helpless some people are and how we could help them by sharing food or donating clothes etc. All we do is read or listen to the broadcasts, think about how unjust the world is and then continue with our merrymaking, constantly turning a deaf ear towards their pleading.
There are many that are truly helpless, but only a few are up to the challenge of helping themselves rise to the demands of the economic world. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.” We might have read this and many other such quotes many times, but have we ever registered them? Have any of us ever implemented them?
Many a time, I feel like making a list of what I would ask God if I ever met him. Many topics have changed in the past years; one topic has been a constant in it. It was this: Why do you allow poverty, injustice and famine in this world that you lovingly created; in your kingdom, of which we all are loyal subjects?
However, I am afraid that he would ask me the same. I ask you, the reader of this article to be more kind towards them; give them some food and support, if not faith. Remember, as the late C. K. Prahalad, academician and author of several books said, “If we stop thinking of the poor as victims or as a burden and start recognising them as resilient and creative entrepreneurs and value-conscious consumers, a whole new world of opportunity will open up.”