Website owner: James Miller
A prudent man attempts to so conduct himself and his affairs as to avoid getting caught in desperate situations. One of the most desperate situations of life is finding yourself out in the cold with no shelter, food, or money, and no job or source of money --- hungry and cold and losing hope of finding any honorable and legitimate way of simply surviving --- a survive or perish situation. What do people do when they get caught in such situations? They start considering illegitimate and dishonorable ways of surviving. Like lying, cheating, stealing, prostitution and crime. Even good, honorable people will consider doing illegitimate and dishonorable things in a survive or perish situation. And if they have a wife and children who are dependent on them, even more so. In the wealthier countries of the world there may be organizations or societal resources that people can turn to in such situations but in the poorer countries of the world there may be none. And all this leads us directly to the topic of poverty in some of the poor countries of the world. Large portions of the world's population live very close to the edge of survival. They may not be in a desperate situation but they are not far from it. They may live in a hovel and earn barely enough to survive. Good jobs are not usually easy to find even in wealthier countries and making enough money to survive on can be a real problem in a poor country. A good education is a big help in this world in regard to making a living but obtaining it requires a lot of hard work and perseverance stretched over many years, one has to earn it, and in many poor countries schooling is not even available to many children (especially in Islamic countries). In many countries one is fortunate if he has had the opportunity just to be taught how to read and write. All people in this world have not had the same opportunities as those of the wealthier countries of the world. In the poor countries of the world life can be harsh and cruel with large numbers in a survivalist mindset, thinking in strictly selfish ways, predatory ways, and making their living by illegitimate, dishonest and dishonorable means. One reads about sex slavery in Europe, southeast Asia and in other places. Women are held hostage in situations from which they are unable to flee and are forced to engage in prostitution. How did they get there? Poverty often underlies it. In southeast Asia their poverty-stricken father may have sold them to someone who promised to give them a job. Or in Europe they, themselves, may have been tricked by someone who promised them a job in some foreign country. Often they are poor and uneducated and got into the situation due to a desperate need for money. What is the solution to this problem? I don't know. I am a philosopher. I am interested in the problems and dilemmas and traps of life and their solutions. So what is my solution to the dilemma of the person caught out in the cold without food, shelter or money? I don't have any answer. When I think about it I just realize how very fortunate I am to have been born in America. Here in America we at least have the opportunities given us by a robust economic system (like the opportunity for a good education) --- even though many people here don't take good advantage of them or appreciate them. I often think that the person that people ought to be most grateful to is the man who creates jobs --- the businessman, the entrepreneur and the industrialist. Here in America our economic system functions well. And a strong, well-functioning economic system provides a good strong foundation for all kinds of other good things. May 2002 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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