Poverty – The Toxic Resource
In the book of history, chapter one is about the cycle of sowing, cultivating, and harvesting its cash crop, poverty. Chapter two will be about the new road straight into the future. Individually, people tend to believe repeating mistakes is a bad idea. That is not the case socially.
There have been many resources that have fueled business relationships throughout the centuries. Historically those resources have been greedily snatched up by those with the foresight to preside over them. Whoever had the supply could sell it to those who needed it, and the suppliers were the few and those who needed the resources were the many. The few became wealthy, and the many became poor. Because the many were beholden to the few, they sold the few their existence, and fought their battles. The many valued the fews existence over their own, and the fews exploited the
deflated self worth of the many.
Poverty became a resource that allowed governmental, business, and religious heads to become disproportionately powerful, rich, or theocratically entitled. This is what was called “world order.” However, there was little that was orderly about it, or the human behavior it inspired. This kind of “world order” sowed poverty in the human garden. The crops harvested were hunger, war, fear, and despair. This was done for the perceived relative benefit of the few.
The benefit was not received by humanity whose only environment was turbulent and chaotic. In this environment the human attribute that allows humanity to thrive was strangled. All economic roads were circles that arrived where they began. They went nowhere.
Humankind has spent its history building roads to nowhere. Going faster just gets it nowhere quicker. It needs to build a road to human betterment, a road that carries supplies from the few to the many. The purpose of the trip is to supply humanity, to carry the supplies needed to make the world a better place to live.
Poverty is a hidden toxic resource that appears in the presence of disparate compensation, and disappears in its absence. Poverty hides in plain sight because all eyes tend to look up at the flower of wealth. They prefer not to look down at the weeds of poverty in the human garden. Those weeds are depressing and dangerous. They
Poverty was the crop planted by the fews. It was an addictive, toxic crop that ruined the health of human bodies, and the body of humanity. It poisoned kindness, and dismembered capability. People coped with the addiction by endeavoring to be one of “the few,” who felt elevated by its toxic effects. A terrible price was paid by both the many and even the few. They suffered the agony, the pain, and the despair of war and injustice . There was often premature death, but even more terrible was the disrespect. People spent their lives hating each other, themselves, and the conflict.
A lifetime of labor, producing literally everything owned and enjoyed by “the few,” went unrewarded, or under appreciated. What was once called “world order” can now be seen for what it clearly is. It is the excuse of the addicted few to continue their toxic habit, cultivating, harvesting, and exploiting poverty.
Skills similar to those demonstrated by parents who serve and protect their children to make them kind, healthy, and capable need to be adopted by the few in order to protect everyone, the many, the few, and the entirety of humanity. That won’t happen by accident. Kindness, health, and capability are indicators that appear when this addiction is overcome. At that time, and not a minute sooner, the few will embrace the many creating a new a new world order where poverty, injustice and despair can only be found on the yellowed pages of history.