Perspectives on poverty….whose

As promised these are the (paraphrased) perspectives on poverty presented to us at our first ‘Global Development’ course meeting. The presentation began with a selction of secular perspectives.

Perspective 1 When people lack freedon amd are repressed they do not flourish.
Solution: Enable people to be free.
Perspective 2 Human nature as it is there has to be restraints on the freedom of the strong to protect the vulnerable.
Solution: Develop systems of government that ensure equality and freedom for all.
Perspective 3 The lifestyle and demand on natural resources in the ‘developed’ Western nations is a causational factor of poverty for other nations.
Solution: Find sustainable solutions to development.
Perspective 4 The notion of westernised development through sustainable economic growth is no longer a viable option.
Solution: ‘Sustainable contraction’ everyone must live a less materialistic life.

The lecture then moved to presenting solutions based on development as a spiritual journey.

Perspective 5 The default position of humankind is darkness which is manifested in examples of vice such as greed and self interest. Light is brought to the darkness through acts of virtue.
Solution: Human development is about the development of virtues such as compassion and social justice through education.
Perspective 6 The Christian belief that man has dominion over the natural world and his subsequent separation from it, along with the promise to the poor that they will have salvation in the next world has contributed to poverty.
Solution: Deconstruct the ‘bad’ thinking of the past.
Perspective 7 The ‘Indigenouse Perspective’ suggests that that poverty occurs when:
a. We have lost our connection to the spirit.
b. When we have lost our connection to our community.
c.When we do not have enough to share.

Now the thing is…does this listing assist me in becoming more effective in alleviating poverty? Has it helped or confounded your thinking ? I am at the point of thinking each one of the different perspectives can make a contribution, but they need to be founded on a connection to the spirit of our inner self.

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  1. The existence of any pure race with special endowments is a myth, as is the belief that there are races all of whose members are foredoomed to eternal inferiority”

    The problem with NEGROPEAN / AFROPEAN respectability politics is that it implies that by striving after the respect of white people, AFRIKAN people can work hard and overcome structural barriers to social mobility. But it doesn’t work that way.

    It brings to mind the oft repeated adage “We have to work twice as hard to get half as far.”…

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