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Preventing Birth into Poverty

We are made to propagate. Our instincts and natural underlying drives simply are aimed towards the multiplication of our race. That is what we ruthlessly do. Now our multiplication has reached a stage where there’s so many of us that we are threatening each other’s survival with our very existence. We are unable to live peacefully since we find it harder each day to get what we need to survive without taking it from others. The need of the hour is a law; a new rule; a new principle: Basic financial capability must be required by law to become a parent. Unless a person has the resources to support his offspring, he or she should not be allowed to become a parent.

Basic financial capability could be measured in any form. It could mean assets of a certain minimum aggregate financial value. It could mean monthly or yearly income of a certain minimum amount. It could mean a minimum amount of money in one’s bank account. It could mean a certain ‘child-security’ deposit with the government. In some form or other, it should simply ensure that the person has a certain level of basic financial capability. Also, this set level of basic financial capability required to support and raise children should be periodically assessed and reset in accordance with varying economic and market conditions. Upon presenting the documents that show that one meets the minimum required basic financial capability to become a parent, a certificate ought to be issued to him/her, saying that he/she is now permitted by law to produce offspring. This certificate should be ideally obtained before marriage. However, it must be acquired without fail before the birth of the first child. The law could require both/either parent(s) to possess this certificate.

The Parenthood Financial Capability Law (PFC law) is a law that requires that a certain level of financial well-being must be met before producing offspring. Simply put, it is a legal requirement of basic financial capability to become a parent. The need for this law is evident in the abject poverty that a fifth of the world lives in. Legally requiring basic financial capability to become a parent would ensure that no more children are born into poverty, provided it is a successfully enforced law.

The poor often have little protection against crime or social injustice committed against them and they are often the real victims of unemployment, crime, diseases, epidemics and ecological disasters. With the growing population and the consequent growing shortage of the basic necessities of life, the poor will be likely to find themselves in much worse living conditions than those they live in today, with the passage of time. Since the poor are not only deprived of their fair share in the basic necessities of life, but are also quite often the helpless victims of the ill-effects of man’s progress, it is imperative that poverty is a social injustice that must be removed.

Preventing birth into poverty, hence fulfilling a moral responsibility of securing the basic rights of children who deserve special protection from the law, will drastically reduce the inequalities and injustices in society. It will also lead to sustainable development as there will be an automatic control in place by which not more human beings are born than can be sustained by the existing natural and man-made resources which corresponds to the money a person has or his or her basic financial capability.

We need to understand why we are in this pathetic state of global existence. There is very little we can do about it. We are all born into suffering. We have nothing to build on. Nothing was given to us. Nothing can we give. It seems like it’s unavoidable. For us. But not for the next generation. We can set a standard for them above our own and see to it that it is followed. We can, through legal reform in our constitution, require basic financial capability as a compulsory requirement for anyone who wishes to be a parent.

Only financially secure persons should be allowed to produce offspring. The next generation will then not be born without enough. The next generation will be able to hold their heads high, proud of being useful citizens. The next generation will not experience poverty or mass suffering. The next generation will not see the horrors we read about in the newspaper each day. Hunger, disease and death. Things that should not happen. Things that could have been prevented. Had there been money.

Here is when the world can be said to have been saved: When children have stopped being born into places where they cannot be adequately provided for. We need some sort of a system in place that ensures that children are not born into environments where they cannot be provided for. Some sort of basic financial capability of the parents must be ensured before the child is allowed to be born.

The help presently given to the poor will be of no use if the poor keep increasing in number. It’s like pouring water into a leaking bucket. All the water we pour ultimately leaks away. All the help given to the poor gets distributed among all the poor who are forever increasing in number. Once we enact and enforce the PFC law, all our efforts to help the poor will become immediately fruitful.

I ponder on a single solution to man’s problems. It would begin with the abolition of need. That would practically translate to: fulfillment of all needs. All needs? Of an ever-increasing population? That’s impossible. Instead, the strategy is: Stop birth into needy conditions. No more human lives that want and need all their existence. No crime stemming from need. No ignorance stemming from birth into ignorant or illiterate environments. No disease stemming from birth into unsanitary environments.

Extremely positive circumstances for either poverty or prosperity. Not both. What is extremely positive for one is extremely negative for the other. If prosperity and poverty exist equally, side by side, then we haven’t done anything at all!! The positive circumstances for prosperity should be encouraged for zero poverty. Then the end of prosperity will be in infinite time in the future. Otherwise, it will be near in the future and the proportionate poverty will be massive.

There is no need for us to think that things will be the same as they are, no matter what we do. What exists today is not what ought to exist. Should either poverty or suffering exist? Do you want them to remain? Is it just for us to sit back and think that since it is too hard for us to eliminate suffering, let it continue? It is easier to change the ways of living, codes of conduct, tradition, rules and even age-old values (if they are wrong) than trying to eliminate poverty and suffering. The super-positive approach will keep the end of prosperity very far away from our sight. It is easier to ask for and settle for nothing less than the very best. This is the super-positive creed to be held dear in our hearts. The super-positive attitude is easier to keep than change all the ways of living, codes of conduct, tradition and obviously age-old values. The super-positive approach of everyone being content or happy because he or she gets whatever he or she wants is what will keep poverty far, far away.

Never settle for less then the best. Never lower your standards. This is not a positive approach. It is the super-positive approach. This is what will keep poverty and suffering far, far away.

The super-negative attitude exists in many parts of the world. It is the norm there. Anyone who deviates from this norm is heavily penalized. Consequently, these are the very parts of the world where poverty exists. They say that they are positive. What they are positive about is poverty and suffering. Not prosperity and enjoyment of life. In fact, they are both consciously and subconsciously against it. Programmed to be so by their core beliefs handed down by society. They are super-negative as far as prosperity and peace are concerned, all the while lying to us and to themselves, not just that they are positive, but that they are super-positive. And they gloriously succeeded in fooling everyone, when all that their path leads to is more suffering, poverty and despair.

Being positive about prosperity and enjoyment of life, the super-positive approach, is the right and shortest way to conquering all disparity and suffering in the world. Being positive about poverty or suffering is the right and shortest way to destroying all prosperity and happiness.

So, this is my message. Suffering will never end unless we secure tomorrow. We should start with this: Only people who can support a family should be allowed to become parents. One who cannot support a family ought not to and should not become a parent. If people who cannot support their children continue to become fathers and mothers, the next generation will be as helpless as the present because humanity as a whole will find itself incapable of supporting the next generation. Basic financial capability must be a legal requirement to become a parent, because:

1) Basic needs of the offspring must be met,
2) Environmentally friendly lifestyle must be affordable for the offspring,
3) Benefits of scientific progress must reach the offspring,
4) Education of the child should not be denied or adversely affected,
5) Child labor should be avoided,
6) Child healthcare should be secured,
7) Offspring should be insulated from the influence of violence and crime.

Living Standards Today

Human Development Index

HDI is a combined statistic of GDP per head, adult literacy, life expectancy, average years of schooling and adult literacy to give an estimate of a country’s development and hence the quality of life for it’s citizens. It was first published by the UN Development Programme in 1990.

Going by the latest figures, these are the top ten countries as far as quality of life is concerned:

Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, United States, Japan, Switzerland.

Lowest Infant Mortality Rate

Probability of dying between birth and exactly one year of age per 1000 live births is expressed as infant mortality rate. The latest figures, from 2003, has the following ten countries as the countries with the least infant mortality:

Singapore, Japan, Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Andorra, Hong Kong, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands.

Global competitiveness

Global competitiveness of countries have been assessed based on criteria covering the openness of an economy, the role of the government, the development of financial markets, the quality of infrastructure, technology, business management and judicial and political institutions and labor-market flexibility. It shows the ability of a country to achieve sustained high rates of growth of GDP per head. The top ten countries in global competitiveness (2004) are: United States, Singapore, Canada, Australia, Iceland, Hong Kong, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Ireland.

Highest Health Spending

Highest health spending is calculated for each nation as a percentage of their GDP. The top ten countries that spend the highest percentage of their GDP on healthcare as per the latest figures (2003) are: United States, Lebanon, Cambodia, Switzerland, Uruguay, Germany, Suriname, France, Argentina, Canada.

Highest Education Spending

Highest education spending is calculated for each nation as a percentage of their GDP. The top ten countries that spend the highest percentage of their GDP on education as per the latest figures (2003) are: Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Denmark, Namibia, Malaysia, Sweden, Estonia.

Of the ten countries showing the highest quality of life, five are among the ten countries showing the least infant mortality rate, four are among the ten countries showing the greatest global competitiveness, three are among the ten countries who spent the most part of their GDP on healthcare and one is among those countries who have spent the greater part of their GDP on education. It is clear where the nation’s focus ought to be in order to attain a higher standard of living. Securing the life of children above all else is the shortest way to improving living standards and curbing poverty.

Solving Global Issues

Low Infant Mortality Correlates to High Quality of Life