The Roots of Poverty

Written by Isaiah Hull

The Roots of Poverty

Remedying onlyrepparttar superficial manifestations ofrepparttar 135296 deeper underlying problems of extreme poverty will never end poverty itself. At best, this approach will temporarily relieve urgent problems; at worst, it will exacerbate them or create long-term trade-off problems. If we want to eliminate poverty, we must look at its roots and apply sustainable, pragmatic development solutions.

There are many popular misconceptions about underdeveloped countries that prevent both politicians and private citizens from seriously considering solutions. Some people think less developed countries (LDCs) are poor asrepparttar 135297 result of laziness, mismanagement, and corruption. While corruption and mismanagement do play a role inrepparttar 135298 inefficient and criminal diversion of aid funds, they definitely do not make it impossible to conduct successful development operations--unless, of course, we use corrupt regimes as a justification to not give aid at all.

So what are some ofrepparttar 135299 common root causes of poverty? Each ofrepparttar 135300 following roots of poverty can be eliminated through development projects when they bypass government involvement or develop mutual-accountability agreements with governments to ensurerepparttar 135301 best results forrepparttar 135302 program constituents:

Geographic Isolation:

Geographic isolation actually occurs on two levels: 1) within regions and continents; and 2) within countries. The first type of geographic isolation generally includes countries that are landlocked hundreds of miles away fromrepparttar 135303 closest port. These countries end up paying excessive fees and costs for freight to export and import goods. The other type of isolation--that occurs within countries--generally includes villages that are separated fromrepparttar 135304 rest ofrepparttar 135305 country because of a lack of infrastructure. These villages typically lack electricity, adequate food markets, and adequate sources of clean water.

Inadequate Access to Medical Clinics:

Most citizens ofrepparttar 135306 Third World lack access to medical clinics and basic medical counseling. This is generally because governments in LDCs do not have enough resources to sponsor sufficient medical programs. Many LDCs also lack medical professionals as a result of underfunded educational systems. When people cannot visit clinics regularly, they do not getrepparttar 135307 counseling they need to prevent illness and often end up incapacitated by easily- curable illnesses and parasites, such as worms.

Science and Religion (Part 1)

Written by Val K

Could life have evolved by accident? Are we alone inrepparttar universe? These arerepparttar 134982 questions which have poundedrepparttar 134983 consciousness of individuals. Plus this no less persistent question: what isrepparttar 134984 purpose of life? Dinosaurs have come and gone. Modern man—Homo sapiens—has landed onrepparttar 134985 moon. Satellites map our solar system. New planets are being discovered on a regular basis. New theories proposed. Old ones discredited. Genetics, a new field of study—though not so new—ready to re-invent this singular species: mankind. Men of science and of faith are no further apart as a test tube from a pulpit.

If life had evolved by chance, if there be no primal force, a conjugator, a God, Is there a necessity for atheism? Matthew Arnold, a nineteenth century Victorian poet, once defined religion as "morality touched with sentiments." Inrepparttar 134986 twentieth century,repparttar 134987 Union of Soviet Socialist Republics put forward and practicedrepparttar 134988 idea of a Godless state: atheism has always been on a par with socialism.

A United States scientist inrepparttar 134989 same century once showed Congress pictures, which he proves revealed evidence of advanced glass structures, which had previously existed onrepparttar 134990 moon. This raisesrepparttar 134991 unanswered question: who then builtrepparttar 134992 assumed structures? A lost race?

Science and religion do not see eye to eye. Though my sympathy lies with science, I do not feel indifferent towards religion.

There is an ancient urge in man to believe. Belief varies in degrees. While some cling whole heartedly to their beliefs, others to their unbelief. Why do we believe? I would say, because we do not want to live in doubt. Descartes,repparttar 134993 philosopher in his famous postulate declares "I exist therefore I am"—a testament of undoubt in his own existence. Science disparagesrepparttar 134994 idea of an external entity controllingrepparttar 134995 affairs of man. Certain religions discouragerepparttar 134996 idea of men becoming gods. Crossroads?

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