Progress was supposed to bring all of us, the collective, to greater heights. But, the more progress we seem to make, the more people get left behind. Can you believe that the "eight richest men in the world are worth (financially) the same as the poorest half of the world’s population"? And the gap between the rich and the poor only seems to get wider.
Some may argue, “Isn’t it the poor’s fault that they are, well, poor?” Maybe. Or maybe it was their parents. Or their ancestors. For not working hard when they still had the opportunity. It may also be the rich’s fault. For placing gatekeepers. For building walls high enough for others to remain where they are. But really, it’s the collective’s fault. It’s everyone’s fault. We all have a contribution in this for being indifferent. For believing that we can do nothing as individuals. For building our own walls. (Myself included.)
But regardless of whose fault it is, for so many others who were born in extreme poverty, they never even got a fighting chance to make it in this world. Think of the children born in the poorest countries. It wasn’t their choice to be born there. And yet, they don’t have the same opportunities as the children in first world countries. Poverty is not just a problem of a lack of resources. It’s also a problem of a lack of opportunities. At least, for those in poverty.
Progress was supposed to bring out the best in humanity — the understanding, the generosity, the faith in one another, and the love. Yet, we, as nations and as individuals, only seem to build more walls around us. To protect what we have from one another. To protect the welfare of the few at the expense of many others.
Progress was supposed to connect us. But, as the world gets more connected digitally, the more we seem to become disconnected to the people physically around us. More and more people are becoming wanting of attention, of affection, of caring, and of love.
Maybe it’s just a worldview. My worldview. And it’s just one of over seven billion. Still, the world is a much better place. Because now, more than ever, each one of us has the opportunity to make a difference to someone else’s life. Even to someone not physically close to us.
It’s just a matter of making the most of our opportunities to help, to make a difference.