Sunday, December 11, 2005

A Real Fine Place to Start


Started Dr. Jeffrey Sach's work The End of Poverty. I've only read his acknowledgements and Bono's foreward. Some tidbits:

"The world is held together, however precariously, by the vision, leadership, and struggle of its leaders who are committed to a world of justice, equality, and rule of law." (Sachs)

"[Statistic about 15,000 Africans who die each day of treatable diseases] makes a fool of the idea many of us hold on to very tightly: the idea of equality. What is happening in Africa mocks our pieties, doubts our concern, and questions our commitment to that whole concept. Because if we're honest, there's no way we could conclude that such mass death day after day would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else...An entire continent bursting into flames? Deep down, if we really accept that their lives--African lives--are equal to ours, we would all be doing more to put the fire out. It's an uncomfortable truth." (Bono, bolded portions mine)

"The war against terror is bound up in the war against poverty." (Bono, quoting Colin Powell)

Where do we go from here, as a nation, as a people? If the Bush administration has succeeded in alienating the United States from the entirety of the world (I'm sorry, there isn't a nice way to say that, I think the majority of people, Republican, Democrat, etc. would agree that has been the actual effect whether intended or not), one way we can start to reclaim the highground we occupied for over a century is by becoming the steadfast leader in making equality more than a dream for Africa. It's one of the best investments for our own future...you'll be hard-pressed to find a place where your dollar goes farther...and here's a link for you.

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