Why Poverty? - by Giovanni Ebono (LW3)

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The more equal pig

Now the wall was empty except for one commandment,

which read, “All animals are equal, but some animals

are more equal than others”. After that it did not seem

strange when next day the pigs who were supervising the

work of the farm all carried whips in their trotters – George

Orwell, Animal Farm, England 1948.

In February 2009, the global economy continued to contract

sharply, as Planet Finance shrank sharply from an inflated

valuation of being worth almost 10 times the total wealth of

Planet Earth. Fires raged across south-eastern Australia, while

floods ravaged the north. Europe suffered its coldest winter ever.

The world’s ice continued to shrink faster than scientists had

ever predicted and plagues of locusts, mice and mosquitoes

threatened our wellbeing as farmers across the world battled

extreme weather, falling water tables and increased cost of

fertilisers, fuel and farm equipment.

The little old man standing on the Pacific Highway south of

Sydney with the sign saying “Repent Your Sins, Before The End

Of The World” was caught smiling for the first time in decades.

Despite the apocalyptic nature of the headlines, governments

continued to bail out banks, ailing manufacturers and fossil fuel

companies as if this was a minor glitch in world affairs, rather than

a harbinger of our common fate.

First printed in Living Wisdom #3