Ubiquitous poverty

30 Sep

There are moments where I get these sudden enlightening thoughts, atleast, that’s how I would like to view it… One such thought came to my mind today. What if majority of the people in the world are poorer? Think about it… Like the way it was as I grew up. We couldn’t afford a car or the likes of a motor bike. Almost, everyone had to commute through public transportation for long distances. For shorter distances, it was mostly a walk. Even bicycle was a luxury.  No need for an expensive gym or a treadmill… No threat of fuel consumption exploding….

All papers and plastics (milk covers) were exchanged for money.  A great way to recycle plastics, papers and old utensils. Since there was money involved, no one threw their stuff away. Throwing garbage was not a weekly chore as it is now. Even the stuff that came out of cooking, like egg shells, tea and coffee powder, drumstick fibers etc were all thrown in the garden to enrich soil.

If people had less money, eating habits definitely change. You eat what you need, than whatever you can. To cut down costs, everybody will start farming plants and vegetables in their own backyard, which means that eating fresh vegetables becomes a day to day affair. Organic too…  Buying new clothes is a calendered event. One doesn’t buy what what one doesn’t need. Since there is always an uncertainty around job losses, the solution will depend on community. People living together, as a family or otherwise and support each other through their tough times…Ring a bell..;)

While the capitalistic world would scornfully ignore my thoughts as being stupid, may be even rightfully so, I like to think that I am just quoting history and not proposing something idealistic. When the whole world revolves around policies that should make people richer, my point is that, the world is probably better off if majority of people are poorer. There is always a question of who would these people work for and what will be the balance of wealth between different people, which, in turn, would again stir the conversation of imbalance. But, just the thought of poverty as a solution of the current conditions of global problems seemed interesting to me.  Oh well, feel like going for a drive… May be, eat out and on the way back, have my preferred pearl tea. Oh, did I forget shopping for my supply of bottled water and canned soda… I can then catch up on the interesting discussions of global climate change that came up in the recent summit….:)


Posted by on September 30, 2009 in General


8 responses to “Ubiquitous poverty

  1. Sri

    October 8, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Interesting blog asusual!

    “World is better off if majority of people are poorer”

    – Poverty in my opinion is a relative term. In one place, you are poor if you use government provided food stamps to get your food. In other place, you are only poor, if you have nothing to eat for 2 days or so.

    If you mean, we are all better off with lesser than what we have, then I tend to agree.

    After my recent visit to UK & Sweden, I am thinking we are either one of the luckiest people OR one of the spoilt bunch (depends on where you stand and see).

    Even in the western world, some of the comforts we take it for granted (in Bayarea/US)are not available.

    They walk much more and eat much less. Both economy and social norms puts this restriction leading to less number of Obese people and less environment problems etc. (statisticians or wiki people.. please bear with me, I am talking about what I saw not the national average)

    “Middle class” may be the solution.. ???

    • suresh

      October 14, 2009 at 9:00 pm

      I do agree Sri… It is probably the middle class, of our times..:)… Not sure if the middle class of these days are the same as the ones around us as we grew up… One thing I do realize is that, I used to have this hypothetical thought that things would have been different for a lot of people if they were “well off”… But then, I think that, it may not be as easy as that, since the fact that someone is well off can have other side effects which can totally change their perspective and drive towards life…:)

  2. shoba

    October 8, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    What ? I thought I was already poor..

  3. Hema

    October 13, 2009 at 1:44 am

    If we didn have the money, we probably would not go for shopping at Victoria Secret…A bunch of leaves would have done the job, huh?
    Great thinking, kutty sister!

    • shoba

      October 13, 2009 at 9:14 pm

      It was the BIL who wrote the blog. I don’t think that much, akka.. 🙂

  4. Hema

    October 14, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Oh…Adhdhaane parthen…!
    Good job Suresh!

    • suresh

      October 14, 2009 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks Hema… I always thought that I left an intellectual trail in my blog that everyone can easily identify, in my humble opinion…:)

  5. nourishncherish

    January 6, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Wow…how come I missed this blog? Interesting blog Suresh! Yes, in many ways, we are spoilt by the global market and the “special” dresses aren’t special anymore. We are more callous in our ways. Well….It all comes down to how you compare to people around you. Though, we were poorer than now, we compared against people in the same class, and did not feel bad about it.


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