Why Should You Care About the Poor and the Needy?
Income inequality in the United States is now worse than it is in the Ivory Coast, Pakistan, and Ethiopia. If this doesn’t raise any flags for you over how grossly divided money makes us as a species, I don’t know what will!
Approximately one in seven Americans are now on food stamps. As unfortunate as it is for me to admit, I am at the point now where I am forced to collect as well. Almost everyone I talk to these days is either out of work, looking for work, or has taken a job at the local convenience store in one final attempt to make end’s meat. The economic situation in America is proof that a tiny elite controls most of the world’s wealth and that they’re now squeezing what little more they can from us as if trying to get the last bit of tooth-paste from the tube.
The question posed in the title of this article is “Why should you care about the poor and the needy?” I’ll be the first to admit that I simply don’t have the patience for “lovey dovey” altruism. A man of science, I see the world as a pretty technical place. We live upon an enclosed sphere that we call Earth. Upon this planet there is a wide diversity of plant and animal life as well as a finite amount of resources for our consumption. In the human world, artificial structures such as nation states exist which really serve as nothing but a detriment to the overall health of the species. Just as in the animal kingdom, so to must the human animal learn to think and act both holistically and collectively. Nations must therefore dissolve and a new, planetary society should emerge which recognizes no borders and boundaries so as to maximize efficiency as well as to cut down on warfare.
When we’ve built a planetary system which has declared all the world and it’s resources the common heritage of all people everywhere, we must understand our reasoning in so doing. We wouldn’t have built this hypothetical new world out of some “hippy” drive. We would’ve crafted this new order of the ages because it just makes the most amount of scientific sense. A world where everybody is fed, clothed, and taken care of is one wherein creative intelligence shall flourish and new innovations will push our species to the stars and beyond. A world that fosters deprivation and poverty such as what we are experiencing today will only breed mind numbing stupidity and low-level achievement as most are forced to devote their time and efforts into acquiring their “daily bread” rather than into activities which might better serve the species collectively.
Care about the poor and the needy because you recognize that brushing whole groups of people beneath the carpet (like what the first world does with the third world) is simply irresponsible, inefficient, and highly unsustainable. I believe that building a new world based upon the precepts which I’ve espoused in this particular article would become a bit more attractive an idea to some who feel that “utopian” world models are just too “soft” for their tastes.