Until recently, I was supportive of the ads on TV produced for World Vision because they so graphically show us the horror of unrestrained population growth.
Others have since convinced me that though the ads draw in lots of money to help these poverty stricken people, which is much needed, it seems to be done at the expense of the Black’s image.
While giving fills us with a sense of magnanimity, a sense of pride that we are helping out these unfortunates, it hardly does much for the self image of the recipients and meanwhile these ads are portraying these blacks as a poor, forlorn, desperate race that is dependent–maybe forever- on outside help to survive. There must be whites suffering the same anguish in the area and it would be good to focus on those too.
Just as America finally elects a Black president, here we are in the process of selling an image of blacks as helpless children, caught in an environment they cannot control.. Is this not the same attitude that the Colonials had when they first introduced Africans to our kind of civilization? And remember the cost?
Worse, over all this time we have not been able to make their lives any better, as far as I can see. Charity can keep people alive but does little to change the status quo. We need a better way–we need to distribute wealth, goods more equably around the globe. First it must be obvious that these people need to receive contraceptives and the encouragement to use them. This lifeboat we call Earth is getting overloaded and we all know–from past experience- what we will do if it takes on too much water–would the Pill not be more humane than the Sword?
That alone, of course, does not in itself free the world from the pangs of hunger. Here in Canada we have lots of arable land per citizen and still poverty exists in every city of the land. But we could set the example for the rest of the world by starting right here to end poverty in our own country. We could ensure a guaranteed income for every citizen. One of the advantages we have is that we already pay out a pension to all citizens over 65. The system, the bureaucracy, the distribution system is already set up.
And what better time than when we so badly need to stimulate the economy? Instead of the “treacle” down system that Reagan endorsed — remember Katrina?– we would be feeding money into the economy by making it immediately available to buy goods, thus doing a lot to restore consumer confidence. And this is money that stays in Canada–no one on a minimum wage is going to jet off to Switzerland for the weekend as did some of our bankers. All the money goes right back, down to the last penny, into our own economy.
In the end we and everyone should be aiming to see that the goods of the world are distributed equably.