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The following quotes are from this article:
“Some HIV-positive patients in Swaziland are so poor they have resorted to eating cow dung before taking anti-retroviral drugs, Aids activists say.
The drugs do not work on an empty stomach, so patients have to use the dung – mixed with water – instead of food, the activists say.
The shortage of money forced King Mswati, who is sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, to cancel his silver jubilee celebrations this year.
He has an estimated personal wealth of $200m (£122m) and each of his 13 wives has a palace paid for by the state, correspondents say.”
What a fuckup.
On the one hand, you’ve got people so poor they have to eat cow shit; on the other, you’ve got King Mswati III.
He has to give up one of his many, many luxuries — canceling his silver jubilee celebrations, which celebrates how he’s now ruled for 25 years, paid for by the people of Swaziland (as are his birthday celebrations) — but he still has his $200 million and his 13 palaces paid for by the state, a possible $10 billion in trust (from his father, the now-dead King Sobhuza II), and who-knows-what else. He is so wealthy and yet he is the one that the state provides for? That’s where the state puts massive amounts of money towards in a place where people are so poor they have to eat cow shit so that they have some type of substance for their HIV drugs to work?
“The king has also been criticised for requesting public money to pay for new palaces, a personal jet and luxury cars. Street protests led him to abandon the aircraft purchase.”[*]
So, now that the “royalty” is having to cut back a bit, what’s being done?
“It has asked neighbouring South Africa for a bailout.”[*]
A news article from 21 July 2011 said that South Africa has agreed to granting $202 million to Swaziland. (Note the figure — quite close to King Mswati’s “estimated personal wealth”.)
So, are bailouts actually all about the people who live in extreme luxury wanting to continue living that lifestyle no matter the consequence? It’s not about the people forced to live in extreme poverty; it’s about the super-rich — because this current system works for THEM. Was there such strong efforts to get more money before the super-rich started having to subtly cut back their luxurious lifestyles? The small percentage of the very wealthy reap all the benefits while the majority of this world live a very, very different life, basically bearing all the nasty consequences.
Swazis have a life expectancy of around 48 years old.[*] (However, I’ve seen other sources place that figure in the 30s.)
At 39%, Swaziland has the highest HIV-prevalence in adult population in the entire world.[*] This looks like it will even get worse — and their lack of access to sufficient food is pushing some of the already-infected to consider stopping their HIV meds since it’s required to take with something in the stomach (which has had to be cow shit for some, as mentioned previously).
There is a 43% unemployment rate — and the 2009/2010 Swaziland Household Income and Expenditure Survey says 63% of Swaziland live in poverty, and 30% live in extreme poverty. (The people of Swaziland additionally pay for the royal family’s “upkeep,” which is an outrageous sum, when the majority struggle to survive.)
The solution: The Equal Money System — a system that takes all equally into consideration. That means the end to a world where the super-rich continue to live in excessive luxury while the majority suffer and struggle to survive. No-one will be forced to eat cow dung; all will have access to sufficient food. It would mark the immediate end of poverty.
No Kings, monarchs, family dynasties / ruling families, “royalty”. No more corrupt governments. Instead, equality and real leadership. In a Best-For-All world system, Life would be absolutely honored and the planet would thrive in a way that we’ve never gotten to see.
We’d have a high life-expectancy worldwide. All would have equal access to food, clean water, quality education, quality medical care — to all that is required. Real prevention would be a priority — an end to the half-assed efforts to prevent the various problems in this world.
A world of haves, as it should be.
There’s been an increase in the amount of people fleeing by sea from North Africa.
“One in 10 migrants fleeing conflict in Libya by sea is likely to drown or die from hunger and exhaustion in appalling conditions during the crossing.”[*]
They make their voyages on insufficient boats, which are additionally overcrowded. Given these dangerous travels, rescues become necessary; and the rescues are additionally dangerous, as boats that should have around 50 people on board end up with up to 800 people[*].
It speaks for itself as to what the environment and their experience within such environment is like. Staying in that environment or leaving, both are dangerous; though, leaving gives the possibility of a less chaotic situation to exist in, and there’s an impression given that a chance at more opportunity awaits them — if they can make it to their destination.
They flee to go to a place where things are different. But yet, they find that, some things, they cannot get away from — because it exists everywhere.
“When the war broke out I fled inhumanity in Libya but I find inhumanity in Europe.” (Seney Alema, a 17-year-old — he fled to France from Libya.)[*]
Abuse will still exist regardless of where they go. It’s still the same world system that not only tolerates and permits abuse, but supports and encourages it, and actually requires it to exist.
These are the types of ways that this situation is being handled:
- “With no stable government to negotiate with in Tunisia and Libya, European policy seems to be the hope that migrants will just stop knocking on their door.”[*]
- “…France’s Parliament has approved a law which seeks to ensure that refugees from the unrest in North Africa stay outside of the republic.”[*]
A real solution to the actual problem is not even considered. For instance, those who are receiving migrants are only interested in stopping / preventing that aspect alone; trying to cease only the outflows of the problem that cause “disturbances” to their desired working of the current system, while keeping the real problems in place — an integral part of the current system. To them, the “problem” is just that floods of people, who they do not want anything to do with, are coming to “their” space. All the while, the actual problems in this world continue to flourish.
“Up to 27 million people are modern-day slaves, and migrants fleeing violence in North Africa are among those most at risk of being exploited.”[*]
- “US Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca is calling on the countries of the world to take a harder stance on human slavery.”[*]
A “harder stance”. That shows that a stance was not actually taken in fact. You either stand for something or not, absolute, that’s an actual stance. Requesting a harder stance is not effective; slavery will not stop unless there’s a new system. This current system involves and results in slavery, in various ways. Abuse is part of its very design, its very foundation. The end of the current system thus makes the end of abuse possible; implementing a new system that is Best For All takes that ‘possibility’ to an inevitability. If one were to actually take a stance on stopping human slavery, that would entail doing their part within implementing a new system wherein human slavery is not possible.
- “It is only through an equally well organised network that links the countries of origin to those of transit and destination, that we can prevent the weakest and the most vulnerable from becoming a human commodity,” says a coordinator for an anti-trafficking group.[*]
This is proposed when actually people becoming “weak” and “vulnerable” in such a way can be prevented in the first place. This can additionally go back further. Instead, the focus is on trying to prevent outflows from the initial problem without ever taking on the problem, let alone the cause of that problem; real prevention is not considered. This world requires real prevention, an end to halfways. Again, if one actually wanted to stop human trafficking, that would require the same thing as the human slavery point above.
There is 1 real solution: The Equal Money System. The Equal Money System would significantly reduce abuse worldwide by it’s very implementation; and once established, any points of abuse that remain can actually be taken on effectively.
Look at the migrant situation; it is clear that their future is of no concern. This falls in line with the lack of concern over the future of humanity and this world in its entirety. For instance, look at how nature and the children of this world are treated — atrociously. That of course has great impact on our future. What already exists here because of the human is utterly horrific — as for the future, just do the math. Humanity disregards everything that even allows for being here in this world. Though, humanity doesn’t have to be this; change is possible — I’ve proven it to myself within Desteni I Process. We require to change ourselves, and it is imperative that a new system is implemented that actually supports and assists with that. These same points that exist within this current system, they also exist within the human, as the system exists by way of the human; and thus, the human has to take on these points within self and change self in a way that is Best For All Life. The way that things would be and function in the Equal Money System is the way that the human requires to be and function — as the principle of that which is Best For All Life.
The Equal Money System makes a new world possible where Life is honored and supported, the Earth is actually cared for, children are not exposed to abuse, are not hindered in their expression, development and potential, where it is ensured that each child receives full support and assistance in all applicable ways. It gives a real future to all of humanity, to all of this world — a future that is Best For All Life.
The conditions within which people experience the need to flee from wouldn’t exist in an Equal Money System. It would get rid of poverty immediately. Inhumane working conditions would not exist; we’d have a new labor system. Slavery would not exist, war would not exist, we’d have a new world government, food shortages would not exist. Additionally, borders as control would not exist, law would change — the list goes on and on!
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