Poverty is the state for the majority of the world’s people and nations. Why is this? Being a student of economics, I have to relive the causes of poverty on fingertips. Whenever asked what I have to do is to blame global actors such as rich countries, international institutions and multinationals. Conviction is usually added to argument by portraying myself, my nation and like nations helpless in face of their policies. But an unrevealed question in an anonymous voice continues to echo in my classrooms and seminar halls: Is this true? Is this the whole truth?
Ofcourse this is the truth but incomplete. Half-quenched. Tell you, problem with economics is that it is the science of complicated truths. Extensive efforts to learn these truths have put many simple truths under grave, which if not unascertained can resolve many economic paradox rather undisputedly. With the power of these simple truths, it is legitimate to theorize that poor people and their nations are equally responsible for their own plight. They harvest poverty on their lands when they sow the seed of ‘negligence of personal responsibility’. Responsibility to face the truth; to accept themselves in whole; to question their predicament; to initiate the change; to shoulder themselves; to see dreams what they can fulfill; to live by law; to ‘say no to drugs’; and so on.
A complete analysis of relationship between drugs and poverty will be the content of next post.