by Andrea Topić on 26th May, 2012 at 8:40 PM CEST
I can't remember the day when there weren't bad news on TV. Bomb attacks, wars, murders. You can see people crying, anxious, desperate. Two billion people are hungry, while 1% of the whole population is rich. We say that we live in most prosperous society than ever.
Well, that is relatively true for people in Europe, America or Canada, but how about millions of children that die of diseases and hunger? They don't have access to primary education while children in Europe learn on iPads and computers. If we look 500 years ago, the difference between poor and rich weren't so high like today. We cannot say today's world is completely worse than it was. Most people live in liberal and democratic societies, women are equal to men, a lot of diseases are cured, but there’s no excuse for not doing anything for improving the social standard.
We, youth, have responsibility to make better and sustainable world. It’s absurd that we cannot afford primary education for children in Africa, it is absurd seeing people dying of hunger while countries spend millions of dollars in producing new air fighters. Imagine how many children we can feed with 769 million $. Exactly this amount is spent for producing just one fighter. Millions and millions of dollars are spent on air forces, fighters and bombers instead of using that money to provide education or help poor people or finding new solutions for sustainable energy .
This view is my personal, and I want to ask you, our C:F Community about your views on this topic. Here are the answers of 3 young and enthusiastic people:
1) In your opinion is today’s world better or worse than it was?
DAMLA AKTAN, Turkey, (pursuing PhD in Business Administration):
It is better for developing countries in terms of health and technology but for underdeveloped countries it is worse and what I believe is in the future this inequality has the risk to increase. However, it is better because we have more communication and less borders around the world which enables youth to connect and try to change something. But yet, the economic situation and political system is not promising equality and better conditions for the all parts of the world. The capitalist system creates many inequalities and everything is based on consumption and materialist possessions which in turn raises greed and decreases the non material values of human beings.
RIFAT SAGOR, Bangladesh, MBA,Marketing:
I think today's world is neither better nor worse than than it was. Because in some aspects e.g. technology it is going through a rapid change and in other way climate change and sustainability issue is becoming more challenging for future world.
2) In this world - what kinds of problem you are facing?
DAMLA: The most important problem I am facing is regarding people's way of looking at the world. As mentioned in the first question, we share less but we are greedy to possess more and money is the ultimate aim. So it is very hard to make others believe that they can change something as they only believe that power comes from possessions not from the inside values.
RIFAT: Unequal distribution of wealth and drastic change in weather are two things which I am facing along with a huge population in this part of the Asia. And these two reasons are ultimately slowing down the economic development.
3) How you are mkaing a difference as individual?
DAMLA: I am making small differences one by one on each student and each young person whom I meet while living, I try to make them hopeful and believe that they can do anything they want and they are able to create a positive change at least to those people who are around them which will in turn increase the number of people who are happy.
RIFAT: Being a global citizen no one can ignore these issue. But individual effort can't bring any radical positive change in all these. But yes, being conscious about one's responsibilities and acting responsibly is what an individual can do at the ground level. All together what we need is an effort bridging people from all around the world-What CF is doing right now.
4) What world will be in 2025, better or worse?
DAMLA: In 2025, I see that some parts of the world will be even worse cos technology is making people more like robots and this makes them lose more connections with their unmaterial values. But yet, what I believe is quite different because I also feel that the world is capable of young people who are aware of the potential they have inside. They want peace and equality and when we can make these people connect with each other, and create changes for their societies, I still believe that there will be positive changes in the world too.
RIFAT: For 2015, Let's hope for the best but ready for the worst.
Andrea Topić and Jatin Kataria