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RETHINKING GLOBAL POVERTY (Part Two)

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Hidden and more hideous faces of global poverty: Actually, there is more poverty in the world than we realize — than we officially acknowledge. And, ironically, we're all in it together.

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RETHINKING GLOBAL POVERTY (Part Two)

  1. 1. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Poverty, by any other name, is: Deprivation:Material Deprivation Non-Material Deprivation
  2. 2. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Joblessness. Lack of money. Hunger. Starvation. Preventable diseases. Landlessness. Homelessness. Lack of access to basic resources and services: Education Health care Justice Information The good things of life Etc. Material Deprivations
  3. 3. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Non-Material Deprivations Social Deprivation Cultural Deprivation Political Deprivation Emotional Deprivation Spiritual Deprivation Epistemological Deprivation Metaphysical Deprivation; Others
  4. 4. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Social Deprivation Marginalization: Sense of being excluded from, or not consulted in discussions and decisions on matters that affect one’s life and the future of one’s children.
  5. 5. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Lack of opportunity to see, to appreciate, or to enjoy other people’s artistic and cultural expressions and products. Inadequate opportunity to develop and to express one’s own artistic, cultural, scientific, and intellectual abilities and talents. Cultural Deprivation
  6. 6. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Inability to participate in: Public discussions Policy decisions Action planning Policy executions Inadequate opportunity to express or share one’s: Ideas Views Opinions Suggestions Political Deprivation
  7. 7. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Denigrated Victimized Patronized Stigmatized Tolerated Exploited Dehumanized Condescended Emotional Deprivation
  8. 8. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Emotional Deprivation (contd.) : Guilt Shame Humiliation Alienation Worthlessness Inferiority Insignificance Indignity Rejection Exclusion
  9. 9. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Sense of disconnect from others – of not being| important, valued, and needed by other people. Alienation – feelings of loneliness in a crowded world. “Bowling alone.” “Eating alone” and “fighting alone” Rootlessness – sense of being apart from, or outside of the natural world. Loss of Community
  10. 10. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Exclusion from certain activities based on gender, age, ethnic, racial, or other illogical considerations. Sense that one can do something, and not be called upon to do it Belief that one can make useful contribution, but not having the chance to prove oneself. Limiting Scope of Existence
  11. 11. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Feelings that one has nothing important to contribute to society. Fear that what one has to contribute might not be listened to, appreciated, or taken seriously. Personal Sense of Inadequacy
  12. 12. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Fear – having to constantly look over one’s shoulder. Apprehensions and uncertainty – a world in which no one knows what to expect next. Loss of confidence in the future – fear that one might lose one’s accustomed way of life. Vulnerability and Insecurity
  13. 13. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Personal sense of futility. Inability to recognize and to express one’s uniqueness. Inability to find purpose and direction in life. Inability to engage one’s special abilities in things that one is passionate about. Meaninglessness
  14. 14. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Having everything, but feeling that it is still not enough Having the means to live, but not the meaning to live for Having neither the means to live, nor the meaning to live for. Meaninglessness (contd.)
  15. 15. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Deep feelings of emptiness and unfulfillment. Inadequate opportunity to:  Develop and express one’s authentic nature. Live up to one’s potential – maximize one’s natural abilities. Do things that one is specially gifted to do. Feel personally and deeply connected with some higher, transcendent purposes. Spiritual Deprivation
  16. 16. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Sense of being out of touch with oneself and out of tune with the natural world. Sense of personal inadequacy in such enduring moral and ethical values as: Authenticity. Love. Truth. Justice. Peace. Brotherhood. Common Humanity. etc. Spiritual Deprivation (contd.)
  17. 17. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Obsolete, rigid, “politically correct,” at times blatantly false bodies of knowledge – ideas, doctrines, logics, dogmas, myths, theories, beliefs, assumptions – that are not in sync with reality; but that are commonly propagated, accepted, and acted upon as valid, or true. Epistemological Deprivation
  18. 18. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Incomplete, mistaken, flawed, but generally accepted pictures of reality and interpretations of the world. Framework of values, assumptions, and belief systems that ignores non-sensate phenomena – things we currently cannot see, touch, hear, or measure. Fundamentally negative view of human nature that tends to constrain people’s natural abilities and the maximization of human potential. Metaphysical Deprivation
  19. 19. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize Here’s a selection of provocative insights, intriguing perspectives, and alternative proposals brought together to expand encourage public and global conversations about hidden but more pernicious forms of deprivation that are afflicting the vast majority of people and going largely unnoticed.
  20. 20. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “The fundamental issues confronted by any civilization or by any person in his or her life are issues of meaning.” -Morris Berman
  21. 21. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “The disease of civilization is not so much the material poverty of the many as the decay of the spirit of freedom and self-confidence.” -G. D. H. Cole and W. Mellor
  22. 22. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “Many so-called mental and emotional illnesses are really symptoms of an underlying sense of meaninglessness or emptiness.” -Stephen R. Covey
  23. 23. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “How many flowers Die in the woods Or fail in the hills Without the privilege To know that they Are beautiful?” -Emily Dickinson
  24. 24. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “Modern psychology is coming to recognize that we all have within us a tremendous source of creativity, energy and happiness, and that we are all moving toward the goal of tapping that source and living a fulfilled, joyful life.” -Jack Forem
  25. 25. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “Ever more people today have the means to live but not the meaning to live for.” -Viktor Frankl
  26. 26. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “When men are already dehumanized, due to the oppression they suffer, the process of their liberation must not employ the method of dehumanization.” -Paulo Freire
  27. 27. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “Most of us go to our graves with our music still inside, unplayed [unheard].” -Oliver Wendell Holmes
  28. 28. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “Spirituality must not be understood as something added on to life. Rather, it is something which permeates all human activities and experiences rather than being additional to them.” -Willis Harman and John Hormann
  29. 29. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “All versions of the modern paradigm fail to give the contemporary person the sense of being a useful and necessary member of the social whole which in turn is geared into a meaningful plan of existence within the totality of a cosmic or divine order.” -Willis Harman and John Hormann
  30. 30. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “Shall the wretched of the earth be fed, clothed, and housed? Or, more precisely, will the world be reorganized – re-created – so that they can feed, clothe, and house themselves?” -Michael Harrington
  31. 31. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “There are scientists who are out make love disappear in the name of scientific progress.” -Harold Kushner
  32. 32. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “It is terribly frustrating to know that you can do something and not be called upon to do it, or to believe that you can do it and never have the chance to find out.” -Harold Kushner
  33. 33. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “The drive for meaning is the strongest of all our value drives, the one drive which ultimately shapes all the rest.” -Michael Maccoby
  34. 34. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “The ordinary man does not subscribe to the notion that his life is deprived.” -Nancy Wilson Ross
  35. 35. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “For two-thirds of mankind, the aim of a ‘full and happy life’with steady improvements of their lot, if not actually receding, seems to be as far away as ever.” -E. F. Schumacher
  36. 36. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “The ultimate goal of development is not simply higher incomes, longer life expectancies, or higher literacy rates, but rather the capability for people and communities to realize their full responsible and creative potential.” -John G. Sommer
  37. 37. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “How can we respond to human suffering in ways that promote dignity?” -Charlene Spretnak
  38. 38. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.” -Saint (Mother) Teresa
  39. 39. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “Aren’t there plenty of rich people who have no sense of higher purpose, no personal mission that serves others and leads to their own spiritual growth.” -Mark Thurston
  40. 40. GLOBAL POVERTY There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize “It’s a sad fact that in the modern world most people never find out their life's purpose. Some people who fail to do so are very successful by worldly standards. They have money, power, and prestige, but they aren't really happy. Something deep inside them is dissatisfied and restless. They may try to ignore or hide this feeling, but often that leads to illness.” -Mark Thurston
  41. 41. WHY RETHINK GLOBAL POVERTY? There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize In an essentially interconnected, interdependent, and interpenetrating universe – where everything is both cause and consequence of every other thing – it is conceivable that non-material deprivations are implicated in material deprivation; and, of course, vice versa.
  42. 42. There is More Poverty in the World than We Realize It is further reasonable to suggest that Poverty Eradication will succeed only to the extent that all forms of deprivation – material and non- material – are recognized and solved. WHY RETHINK GLOBAL POVERTY?

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