Blog Action Day: Poverty

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So. Today is Blog Action Day. And the topic is “poverty.”

To be frank, I don’t have a lot to say on this subject. I don’t have a lot to say because, first, I’ve been really distracted with work lately, so the day sort of crept up on me. There’s an email reminder sitting in my inbox, and that’s the most I’ve thought about Blog Action Day in months.

Also, I don’t have much to say that hasn’t already been said, and I don’t have any new, inspired things to say that will change the fact that 10% of the world’s people own 90% of the wealth. And sometimes it all seems sort of hypocritical anyway. I am part of that 10% after all.

Also also, most of what I know about poverty is either from growing up “working class” or from Marxist theory. So if I say anything, it’ll either come off as bitter/hypocritical or overly pedantic. So let’s just not, shall we?

(But I would like to pose this semi-rhetorical question: why are we so attached to this idea of “self-reliance,” of people overcoming adversity to lift themselves out of poverty (trickle-down economics) rather than the radical notion that I am my brother’s/sister’s keeper and ought to help lift them up, out of sheer, unadulterated compassion?)

So instead I thought I’d direct your attention in two different directions. One is to see where you stack up, relatively speaking. I find the experience rather unsettling. And the other is to the Blog Action Day site itself (or this handy Google search of Buddhist blog action day posts) which will in turn direct you to some other more cogent pieces out there in the world today.

Take care out there.