Since the beginning of time, amongst other many socio-economic problems, poverty remains undefeated. Organisations have been established, campaigns launched and funds intensively spent in the fight against it.
Yet, it remains strong and perpetual.
Just as the fight against disease never ends, the fight against poverty is equally set up in such a way that the fight never ends. It is not that poverty cannot be eradicated. Just as one is always given the illusion of freedom and choice, the same goes for the will to eradicate poverty.
Poverty can be eradicated at a stroke of a pen. It can also be eradicated with a speech or one change of policy. Not that it instantly disappears but if taken seriously and addressed, its impact can be gradually and visibly minimised. That is if there is a will to do so.
Poverty will not be eradicated. Just as war has created a strong industrial complex and given nations powers over others, poverty has deceptively become a control tool.
In the world of classism, poverty becomes a source of power for one class over the other.
The impression and idea perpetuated to justify selfish reasons is that this is a dog-eat-dog world.
This gives one permission and an excuse to create a class and gap – even purposefully between the have and the have nots. It tacitly gives one an opportunity to even create scarcity so that one may accumulate as much and the other must be a beggar.
Poverty can simply not be eradicated because for one to feel powerful, someone must be weakened.
For one to accumulate, the other must be deprived. It is also very clear that people whose preoccupation is with basic survival will never attain the highest level of their mental faculties.
Therefore, they remain limited to broaden their potent mental capacity for creativity.
Life, in its current form, is a power bargain. Therefore, for as long as the struggle for power – economic and to rule over others – remains insatiable, poverty will never end.
This is simply because those who have the power to do it either have no will or interest, and those who have the will have no power.
History has stories and examples of success over poverty. There were warriors who selfishly dedicated their lives to the cause of poverty and eradication. They may have not completely eradicated but they tried, and their models could be improved. Just as someone once said, a person who believes something is possible and the one who believes is impossible are both right.
One who believes poverty can be eradicated will do everything in his might to do it, while the other who believes otherwise has already lost the battle.
Uncommon Sense is published every Friday in the New Era newspaper with contributions from Karlos Naimwhaka