THE REASON FOR POVERTY AND THE MOST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION TO IT!
…Recently, I started to observe the panic response of wealthy nations to the plight of immigrants and refugees trying to escape their home lands in search of better lives, who all in the process perished in the sea. All of a sudden, nations and Prime Ministers began to offer asylum and refuge to the survivors. I laughed out of amusement, not because I was mocking the kindness of these people, but more because, I wondered why it had to take such a grave tragedy for them to notice that the rest of the world has been languishing in need and want all the while.
I’m sorry friends that is the nature of man. Until pain and devastation happens to us or at our backyard, we don’t really notice that this has been going on around us all the time. It is only when we feel on ourselves the pain of loss of tragedy that we normally come alive with a heart of compassion. Otherwise, we just live our lives caring only about how to make ourselves more and more comfortable. If I had one car, I am thinking of how to get the second one. If I had just one apartment, at that time I am not thinking of some poor homeless kids dying in some countries, I am rather thinking of building a house. This is just the reality of human nature.
I will not say that only the rich individuals and wealthy nations have these moral challenge, it is common to all. Even in those countries where millions are dying on daily basis, there are many others who could easily afford to take care of others. But just like in wealthy nations, they too are busy with getting more comfortable on a daily basis.
It is because of my awareness of this egocentric nature of man that I have come to the conclusion that the best way to resolve the problem of poverty in Africa and other developing countries, is not really through distribution of food or money. My personal journey from a 40 hut village to an international speaker, has taught me that the best way out is to empower our people with knowledge. The reason as I was later to discover behind my suicide attempt was really not the lack of money or food. The main reason that led to my poverty which almost killed me prematurely was lack of knowledge.
I have since come to discover that even in wealthy nations, this menace of ignorance especially in the area of money, is as deadly as in my 40 hut village of Idomila. Ignorance is indeed the biggest enemy of all. When it comes to poverty, the biggest reason for it is still ignorance. I therefore make bold to say that poverty is not a product of productivity or lack of it, even though that could be its consequence.
The real reason behind poverty is THE IGNORANCE OF THE LAWS OF MONEY. It is that ignorance that later leads to lack of discovery, it leads to lack of productivity, it leads to lack of sales, it leads to lack of opportunities, it leads to lack of services, etc.
Where that ignorance is present, poverty is a possibility. That could be both in Africa and Europe. I have since come to the conclusion that to liberate Africa from the grip of poverty, we must first empower Africa with the revolutionary knowledge of the laws of money. Back to my case in the village and my attempt at suicide, the flow of my thought at that time as I can still vividly remember is; why are some people around me so wealthy and yet my family is so poor? I will often wonder why I am so unfortunate to have been born into such a family.
I never could consider that those families who were wealthy were not just lucky or fortunate. I was never told that anyone who controls real wealth was first wealthy in their minds. Even those who were illiterate in the village nevertheless were very literate in the laws of money. The problem was not in the family where I was born, my problem was that my family was not exposed to these laws. We were not told of these laws either by our wealthy neighbors or the society I lived in. Neither our school system nor media program gave out any hints on how to make money.
To be continued with the following point:
- Why Christians, good people and even business people are still poor
- How the church can help alleviate poverty and it has nothing to do with offering
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja