“As long as poverty, injustice and inequality exist in our world, none of us can really rest”, Nelson Mandela
The previous phrase, which seems universal, I consider that it is not applicable to the entire human race, except for many Mexicans who do not take into account poverty as “the worst form of violence,” according to Mahatma Gandhi. Because although it continues to be a constant in the history of humanity, a concern of humanist governments, of solidarity entrepreneurs, few understand it until they have lived it.
Because being poor is having a shortage or lack of what is necessary to live as a monthly income below the basic food basket, not having the right to education, health services, social security, access to food, quality and living spaces, to basic services such as drainage, electricity, gas, piped water. And most of them do not experience this as a constant problem, the 7,800 million inhabitants of the planet. In addition to the fact that many citizens do not know poverty, since they have only seen it in the stops on the streets where alms are sometimes asked, in the lives of those who provide services at home or on the big screen as a reference to a story to narrate. In addition to that they come from families that have not had deficiencies, nor greater contact with people in that condition. For this reason, some consider that poverty is created by poor people, which has to do with their laziness, their lack of self-improvement, wanting to learn and wanting to have better living conditions.
However, for some leaders and benefactors, regardless of the above, due to their sensitivity, knowledge and social awareness, it is a constant concern to reduce it, an unavoidable debt in which models and concepts of our society have to be modified. That is why the issue of poverty, although it has been important for economics researchers, political scientists and for those interested in human problems, have been more talk than actions, few that have had massive results like Muhammad Yunus, who lifted out of poverty millions for the implementation of the Bank of the Poor. Just as the Chinese government has alleviated the poverty of 800 million people in 40 years by economic opening.
The poor do exist in the world and we cannot ignore them, since they represent almost 20% of the world’s population. In our country, it represents 43.9% of the total population, according to CONEVAL, and that in recent years has increased by 2 points due to the pandemic and despite the efforts of the current government in which it has been a priority in its government plan “The poor first.” But there are also positive aspects to highlight, such as the fact that 24% of total government spending has been assigned to social programs, considered by OXFAM as the implementation of more resources than ever in the last 10 years. As well as the increase to 40% of the minimum wage so far this six-year term has benefited to reduce poverty (CONEVAL). We must all help as much as possible the poor who are close to us, who are on the outskirts of cities, in towns and villages, in prisons, on the borders, sometimes working as slaves, in temples asking for miracles and others. in pantheons. That is why poverty is such a terrible evil “that it deprives man of all spirit and virtue. It is difficult for an empty bag to stay upright ”, Benjamin Franklin.