think about how different the world would be if every person (all 6 billion of them) got $136.50 to do whatever they wanted with it.
random amount of money right?
well, the current stimulus bill that is going through the lovely hierarchy of the american government right now sits at or around $819 billion.
$819 billion / 6 billion people comes out to roughly $136.50 per person, this includes men, women, children, inmates, disabled persons, persons on life support, etc.
i’m not saying i’m against the stimulus package because although this does put a HUGE burden on future generations, that burden was laid on us the past 8 years and unless we do something now to attempt to begin to fix these problems, we will crumble.
politics aside, think about this for a second.
think about how much of a difference this could make in Africa in the rural villages….
think about how much of a difference this could make in third world countries in southeast Asia….
think about how much of a difference this would make to all of the children who have never gotten a chance to go to school….
think about all of the people without proper healthcare of any kind…
think about the people who cannot afford to feed their families…
$136.50 in american money translates into so much more across the world, especially in 3rd world countries.
in addition to the positive change this could bring across the world, think about the difference it could make right here in the United States.
yes i realize some people (sadly, many) would waste the money, but think about the families right here whose children cannot afford school supplies or clothes, the mothers who cannot afford prenatal care, the power bills that cannot be paid, the meals that cannot be bought, the houses in hurricane affected areas that cannot be built, etc. etc.
like i said, i think the stimulus package needs to be put into place, i think oversight needs to be had for the money, i think spending money on the things that have been screwed over in the past 8 years is the only way we can even begin to fix our economy is necessary, but just think for a second at how much change can be made across the world with a small amount of money evenly distributed.
with this in mind, i want us all to think about the current economy and how it affects everyone in this economy and across the globe and think about what we can do to reconcile the adversity and challenges our fellow humans face.
without community, we are nothing.
in dire times, without people helping out those around each other, we will not prevail.
selfishness is disgusting right now.
we need to all challenge ourselves and those around us to invest in other people’s lives and rebuild a network of community so that we can fix this economy crap together.
the government cannot simply spend money and fix things if the american people are not willing to get out of our selfish mindsets and help those around us that are struggling.
yes we may think that they got there by their own fault.
yes we may not agree with universal healthcare or tax hikes.
yes we may think that those people who are poor and lost their jobs should have went to college or prepared earlier
maybe that person should have gotten a better job
maybe they should have not had so many kids
maybe they should have saved money
blah blah blah get over yourself!
the fact of the matter is, the economy is in the drain. people are hurting. we need to all get out of our selfish bubbles and do what we can to reconcile the pain and suffering in the world.
go on a mission trip
do a service trip to hurricane destroyed areas
mentor a child through big brothers big sisters
sponsor a child in africa
let the old lady go in front of you in the grocery store
be informed about the political things that are on the table to try and help out
care about the people around you
don’t ask ‘how are you’ and not actually want an answer
invest in those around you
be there when times get tough for your roommate or office mate
help out the homeless
donate to goodwill
or whatever you can do to help out those around you, not just in this economic time, but all the time
we all need to have a lifestyle attitude of servanthood and invest deeply in those around us if we want the world to be a better place.
to bring a bit of Jesus into this, its what we are called to do at the deepest level. if you disagree with me, tell me, but read Irresistible Revolution and then tell me you disagree.