Monday, February 01, 2010

Poverty vs. Peace: "They'll wonder why poverty continued so long in human society"

My blog friend Des always posts thought-provoking quotes, songs and art. His latest is this quote by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus:

"Poverty is the absence of all human rights. The frustrations, hostility, and anger generated by abject poverty cannot sustain peace in any society. For building stable peace we must find ways to provide opportunities for people to live decent lives. Once poverty is gone, we'll need to build museums to display its horrors to future generations. They'll wonder why poverty continued so long in human society and how a few people could live in luxury while billions dwelt in misery, deprivation, and despair."

Such powerful imagery of museum visitors staring in horror and confusion at pictures of the poverty of the past. Visit Des's blog here.

(Photo: Merkato slums, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Rebecca. I was thinking the other day while I was commenting on your Salinger tribute post, how consistently impressed I am with your blog. From the first time I logged on here til now, you always provide a very relevant, interesting, and touching perspective on a broad range of topics. I

Rebecca Snavely said...

Thanks Des! Right back at you - sincerely.