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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

why we are poor?

My uncle sent me this ,share it with me ,please .
To reflect and... Act.
The difference between the poor countries and the rich ones is not the age of the country.
This can be shown by countries like India & Egypt, that are more than 2000 years old and are poor. On the other hand, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, that 150 years ago were inexpressive, today are developed countries and are rich.
The difference between poor & rich countries does not reside in the available natural resources.

Japan has a limited territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture & cattle raising, but it is the second world economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw material from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.
Another example is Switzerland, which does not plant cocoa but has the best chocolate of the world. In its little territory they raise animals and plant the soil during 4 months per year Not enough, they produce dairy products of the best quality.
It is a small country that transmits an image of security, order & labor, which made it the world’s strong safe.
Executives from rich countries who communicate with their counterparts in poor countries show that there is no significant intellectual difference.
Race or skin color are also not important: immigrants labeled lazy in their countries of origin are the productive power in rich European countries.
What is the difference then?....
The difference is the attitude of the people, framed along the years by the education & the culture. On analyzing the behavior of the people in rich & developed countries, we find that the
great majority follow the following principles in their lives:

1. Ethics, as a basic principle.
2. Integrity.
3. Responsibility.
4. Respect to the laws & rules.
5. Respect to the rights of other citizens.
6. Work loving.
7. Strive for saving & investment.
8. Will of super action.
9. Punctuality.

In poor countries, only a minority follow these basic principles in their daily life.
We are not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was cruel to us.
We are poor because we lack attitude. We lack the will to comply with and teach these functional principles of rich & developed societies.

don't you agree with my uncle?
I do....


Blogger Katie said...

Ooooh! Ooooh! Pick me, pick me! I can tell you!

Read / listen to Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel." Another nice book to pair with it is Jeffrey Sachs's "The End of Poverty." Those two books in conjunction will give you a big, comprehensive answer as to how not-so-hot-for-agriculture countries can be rich, etc. I can send you a URL to the first one on MP3 if you can get internet access enough to download it. That or I can burn it to CD and mail it to Iraq if you can still get mail.

I have the 2nd book in a big PDF file. I can send you a URL to that or I can put it on a CD. Or, if your eyes get sore reading hundreds of pages on a computer screen, I could buy you a copy and have it mailed to Iraq (again, I don't know if that's possible).

Let me know. Got an e-mail address or something?

14 November, 2006  
Anonymous Wayne said...

Dearest Mama:

I certainly agree with you and your uncle. He is a very intelligent human being. I wish that everyone shared his beliefs. The entire world would be in a better condition and people would be much better off. They could enjoy life much more than they do today.

I was in Japan over 50 years ago. Much of the country had small farms where they grew wheat and rice. I loved to help my Japanese friends on their farms at gathering time and they loved having me help them. After world war II their population expanded so much that much of their farm property has changed to cities where homes are built but their willingness to work has imporved their financial condition hundreds of times.

How is Rose's new baby girl doing? She doesn't write for us in a long time.

Thank you for your posts.

14 November, 2006  
Anonymous Wayne said...

Mama, I just read this poem and thought that you might enjoy it Let There Be Peace On Earth

14 November, 2006  
Anonymous Magda said...

Interesting post, this question crossed my mind only two weeks ago, and after some discussions my husband and I reached the conclusion that another rather important feature of rich countries is the absence of war on your land, very true for the Swiss, and New Zealand.(the alternative of course is to be the superpower of the time and acquire the riches of your aqcuired land- true of the United Kingdom for a long time, and also tru of Iraq in ancient history!)

14 November, 2006  
Blogger Kathleen said...

This is interesting. In my travels to South America and spending time in the Andes with the people living off the land (the poor), I realized they held a richness that our rich country had lost.
In America, the pursuit of the dollar, people work long hours and spend a lot of time away from their families. People move a lot in pursuit of better and better paying jobs, separating people from friends and family. Neighbors hardly know each other; kids are raised in day cares. Elderly are put in homes instead of being cared for by their families. I realized this is a very high price to pay for the wealth you gain in this process.
In South America living with the poor, the people have a richer connection with their families, neighbors and community. Survival depends on each other creating a bond and love that is deeper and richer than I have ever experienced. Also I saw less stress and deep rich joy in the daily ritual of sharing food, music and chores.
My conclusion is that there is so much to learn from all peoples and cultures. America has learned how to be rich yet it has paid a price in the things that we ultimately hold most important. I am not saying we don’t love our families, we do, but in the pursuit of money we have paid a price in values. It happens slowly as the culture changes and you’re not even aware.
I think we should have a list of requirements for anyone to become president so we know our president has a better understanding of different cultures and people:
1. He/she has to have traveled around the world.
2. He/she has to have worked and lived with the poor in any 3rd world country for 6 months.
3. He/she has to work in a field hospital during a war to help save solders of that war for 6 months.
4. He/she has to present a (non military) plan for world peace for the world to read and comment on. Including what will be done to help the poor, showing an in-depth understanding of the problems.
I feel we should require our young people to join an army that never carries a gun and goes for 2 years to help solve the problems here and around the world.
An army of peace makers.

15 November, 2006  
Anonymous J.C. said...


I agree that education and culture are two major factors...but I don't think I agree on attitude. I think the other largest factor would be government. In a successful economy, the government is able to keep the peace, protect the country from war, manage the economy so that all citizens can lead a decent life and feel safe.

I don't believe that the people of Iraq are any different than people in wealthy countries... but you have had very poor government. Saddam did not allow the people to share the country's wealth...and then, because of Saddam, you had the sanctions...now, it appears, you have complete chaos.

I shudder to think what would happen in America, if we suddenly had no military or police (or corrupt military & police), and a very weak government. We'd have chaos here, too, before long.

18 November, 2006  
Anonymous AGA said...


I agree with your list, and I think that my children need to read it as well.


I agree with your sentiment, though I am not sure that my American experience tracks yours. My view, and that of my friends and family, is that the richness of life is in direct proportion to the depth and strength of the relationships created with family, friends and neighbors (once basic needs including a college education are met). The pursuit of wealth is an empty pursuit, and the pursuit of happiness is only a metaphor. Happiness is a consequence of a life lived well in relation to others, its not a state of being or a destination that can be reached by any other means. So, while agree with some of the sentiments expressed in your comment, I disagree with your statement that, "but in the pursuit of money we have paid a price in values." I haven't paid it, its too high a price.


You and I along with nearly every other American is little more than a trust fund baby. We didn't participate in the revolution, we didn't draft the documents, debate the principles, articulate the concepts or spill our blood in their defense. Our national anthem ends with the phrase, "the land of the free and the home of the brave," yet I doubt whether many of us pause to ponder what the author meant when he wrote those words. As I said, we are trust fund babies, incapable of appreciating what what was involved in creating the trust and often just plain unappreciative. :)

In my view, the majority of our military and police are not corrupt, and those who are corrupt, are punished, because of "attitude." I cannot explain it any other way, and I certainly cannot take any credit for it. It is because of widely if not generally held values. Items 1, 2, 3 and 4 on Mama's list. Most officers choose not to solicit bribes, and most citizens simply wouldn't consider it. In my opinion, this answers the "why" question, but I cannot answer the "how" question. How did this value system come about?

22 November, 2006  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Hi JC and Mama,
I am at fault for the generalization of the American people. I am sorry. I know it does not apply to so many Americans who make choices based on family as apposed to money.
What I see around me however is a huge disconnect between the American people and the rest of the world. Most Americans do not understand what life is like the most of the rest of the world much less cultures. Therefore it is easier to block it all out and just worry about the next thing you plan to buy. The lack of knowledge, thus understanding leads to indifference and an attitude of fear and devaluing all life different than what we know.
Most Americans do not understand that our happiness and well being is directly related to how well and happy the rest of the world is. As one suffers we all suffer. As we are a whole.

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Blogger Kim said...

Interesting post Mama. I am a Canadian and feel very blessed to be in the country that I am. Through yours and Sunshine's blog I have come to realise that we are not very different at all. You and I are mothers who want the best for our children. Our decisions are made based on our values and our families best interest. There is corruption in my country too but not to the extent that your's has. I continue to pray for Iraq and it's people. You and your daughter have opened up many eyes throughtout the world.
Bless you.

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Anonymous Jimmy J. said...

Your list of principles that people in wealthier countries follow is, in general, true. However, all those principles are worthless unless they are practiced in a setting that is conducive to producing wealth.

What is that setting? The best book I know of that lays it out is "THE MYSTERY OF CAPITAL" by Hernando DeSoto. DeSoto shows that what is necessary for a country to improve economically is the right to own private property and to sell title to that property to another person all backed by rule of law.(Court sytems.) There are other things that help, such as: Reasonably honest representative government, freedom of speech, separation of church and state, and honest banking systems. If a country has natural resources (minerals, oil, timber, abubndant fertile soil, etc.), it improves and speeds the progress toward wealth.

This setting does not insure getting wealthy. What it does do is allow people to achieve success who practice the principles outlined by your uncle.

If you look at that part of the world known as the "Anglosphere" you will see that private property ownership backed by courts, representative government, free speech, etal were arrived at after much bitter dispute and bloodshed. We all take it for granted now, but we shouldn't. There are still people in the world that believe collectivism is the way to go.

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Anonymous rrhamilton said...

Your uncle is 100% right, and I've never seen it expressed more succinctly!

Sometimes people say, "Poverty causes crime". I answer "No, but crime causes poverty". This is what your uncle means when he speaks about "ethics", "respect for the rights of others", etc. leading to wealth. People who have no ethic and no respect for other people's rights -- these are the people who commit crime and cause poverty for all.

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Blogger rockslinga said...

I disagree with your uncle. The US is wealthy because it was built with free slave labor, and afterwards, has become wealthy from deceiving other governments and stealing land, wealth, and labor from others. Same goes to Canada and Australia. These were lands conquered by and stolen, just like Palestine, and the attitude of the people on it is: "I will steal and therefore I will succeed. I will live from other people's suffering." It makes me very sad that we blame ourselves and our attitude for our poverty.

18 June, 2007  
Blogger Idea Generation said...

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Cut it to time when I got married and tried to be as nice as possible to set lovingly in the new family. That was not to be, I realized after couple of years, blood is thicker than whatever...

Come motherhood, along with all the joys, now even poorer standing in all areas due to the meagre time for anything other than my kid....

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But all the questions are there - Till when to keep the office job, when the kid grows up, how again manage to find satisfying career, planning for next...no end to questions...

Write now I am using Sahaj Yoga (a meditation technique) to keep my mind at alert level and fulfill multi-way responsibilities without stress, found it just amazing at that and am very happy :-)

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04 August, 2007  
Blogger Kannaadi said...

I found your thoughts interesting. I truly believe that all the principles you have listed are not followed in India. Nobody cares for rules and laws.... the attitude is gone. The attitude can be seen only at the village level who are very down to earth but are extremely poor.

I have taken your extracts from the OP and forwarded to all my mail contacts... Hope you will not get angry with me.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The difference between first world countries and third world countries is WINTER. Perhaps winter is a possible factor that can enhance people's attitude.

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