June 25, 2005

when will we realize....?

For the summer I have an amazing opportunity to work with a lucky few children who are part of a growing problem at home in Canada and a persistent and dreadful epidemic throughout the world. This summer I'll be working with some of the poorest children from around Canada. Some of these children come from homes, but not necessarily a house or even an apartment, where the income is so far below the poverty line they don't get the chance to eat three, maybe even twice a day. While I have just finished my training, the reality begins tomorrow. The thoughts that have been running through my head have been too numerous to write, but the most pressing thought has been a question; why? Why do these children live in such a state? Why are they allowed to be in such a condition? Why are they being left behind? Why do we too often turn a blind eye? The problem is easily recognized. The problem exists because our governments are too concerned with their own well-being and the well-being of those that fund their campaigns. While it has finally been recognized that the policies of neo-liberalism/neo-conservatism (depending on who's writing) and globalization do not work in the real world, we stand on the edge of vaccuum where we need to recognize that the policies of yesterday have all but destroyed the lives of many people. At this moment we are starting to once again realize that the public, social good can no longer be a subject of economics, but rather economics must be a subject of the public. But we are not realizing this fast enough, and while we march into the vacuum left behind by the failed ideology/idealism of globalism we need to step up and take hold of our future. If we do not, those that have been left behind will continue to grow no matter what steps we take to redefine our blank future and the result will be continued, if not greater, unstability for our future. The time is now for us to take steps to create stability, to take control of our greatest social issues, both at home and abroad, and make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. recommended websites: http://www.makepovertyhistory.ca http://www.one.org recommended reading: The Collapse of Globalism by John Ralston Saul

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