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