Poverty will be difficult to eradicate. On the contrary, it is always intended to flourish.
The poor in the world has their uses to multinational companies in developed nations. Not only the group, estimated in billions, has less education attainment than the middle class and the wealthy, they comprise the major part of business earnings around the world. Uplifting their economic standards could be a negative factor to global conglomerates’ continued growth: the poor should never escape poverty for the rest of their lives.
What better way to undermine their progress than introduce conflict. Choose from the menu: religious divisions, ethnic clashes, political maneuverings or scientific experiments. The last is the most subtle method: assistance in the form of poison pill.
Have you ever heard of an epidemic that started with the rich section of society? Except for corruption which figuratively is a viral infection that eats away at an individual’s sense of fairness, you cannot cite one. All those deadly diseases began where the poor resides.
There’s a saying: if it ain’t broke, do not fix it. How do you earn money if everything is spic and span? Well, you create a problem that needs a solution.
Overpopulation is one. After the wars of the past, fertility drugs proliferated to help repopulate the decimated areas. When the increase reached more than the expected number, pills that regulated births became popular. They were even included in aid programs to help poor countries maintain lower birth rates.
What is inside those pills? Other than removing chances of accidental fertilization, they host nightmares to frequent takers. The side effects lead to other diseases that needs other pills and medications to remedy. This does not include the overall impact on the family itself, the neighborhood where the family belongs, the larger community to the national level.
One pill that has created animosities all over the world, pitting people against one another, for or against it. Who benefited handsomely from this experiment?
Then, there were botched experiments, largely done in far-flung places, away from transparent inspections, human-trials without the blessing of government institutions, wonder drugs in the making but ending up as mutated viruses let loose inside human bodies.
Will an epidemic begin in the rich sections of society? No way, Jose! It will always start with the poor. That has been and will be his role in this inhumane world.