I’m from Sweden. I’m middle class, living in a first world country, and I have 7000 euros in excess at the moment. The world is unfair and we have the power to give our overplus to those who need it – yet we don’t.
We have too much of everything. The world is unfair, yet we are all still so unwilling to give. From an outside perspective, it is ridiculous that some people have so much whereas others do not even have enough to stay ALIVE. Instead of donating, we spend money. On travelling. It IS selfish, yet humans are selfish creatures and we are all the main characters of our own lives. I guess that somehow makes it justified?
Travellers like to think of themselves as “nice people”.
People that travel like to think that it is OK – that at least it isn’t money spent on materialism. As much as I agree with this, spending money on your own holiday is still selfish. You are paying for YOUR OWN development as a person. YOUR horizons are being broadened. Travelling is good for you, but that is it. It is good for only you.
Yet despite this, we still save up ridiculous amounts of money for ourselves. Airplane tickets. Lodging. Activites. I have saved up 60 000 kr (7000 euros) for a HOLIDAY. This money could be used to provide food for starving families for years.
Why are we so keen to look out for ourselves?
The amount of money that I currently possess and am choosing to spend on myself makes me a bit sick to think about. Yet I can’t (won’t) give it all away to people who need it for surival. This is harsh, but it is true for anyone else who is saving money for travel, or clothes, or a car…
How can we possibly think its OK to spend money on things that make our lives a notch better when there are people who spend every day struggling to stay alive?
Do we simply turn a blind eye to what is going on? We all have the ability to even out the injustice that is taking place on this planet. Yet we choose not to. I feel guilty for not being strong enough to consider giving away everything I have – I do want everyone to be on the same level.
But what can we do? How can we change things?
If, psychologically, it is impossible to give away the excess money we have, I think the only realistic solution is to take small steps. We all find it unrealistic to give away our savings. However, if we all put in a few coins in to donation boxes once a week then it will add up. We need to make a change, but gradually. I do feel sick with myself that I cannot give away everything I own – but as most of you reading this will understand – it is unreasonable for me to do so.
How do you feel about consumerism, excessiveness, and famine? How can we “save the world”?