7 Mar

Human Rights, Poverty and Slavery

In the last two centuries moral norms that protect the poor, the weak and the vulnerable have achieved a lot of progress. Domestic violence, slavery, and genocide are now universally considered to be not just, are outlawed and proscribed. However, to this day over 45% of the mankind lives below the poverty line of $2 per day as defined by the World Bank. On average, in about half of the instances, people live on $1 or less per day. Such poverty leads to extreme sensitivity and vulnerability to even minor changes in social and natural conditions. Exploitation and abuse are much more common compared to highly-developed countries. Every year over 15 million people die prematurely from causes connected to poverty. This is why when trying to help certain populations and regions, governments create programs that allow for creation of casinos like new casino, tax-free business and sales zones.

The average purchasing power of citizens of developed countries is about 50 times greater compared to poor countries. It is around 200 times greater in terms of market exchange ratios.

Inequality continues to increase in the world. The affluent get richer and poor remain at the same levels. At the same time, people living in Western countries are extremely isolated from the severest poverty. They can’t imagine what it is like to fear to lose a child to hunger. They don’t know anyone making less than $10 for a 72-hour workweek of hard physical labor.

Unconsciously people are inclined to look at their moral values and interpret them in their own favor. They are also more likely to choose facts and stories that support their judgments and the view of the world. Regular contact with members of different social groups and other social backgrounds could lead to supporting a different set of moral judgments, but most citizens of the Western countries don’t have such outside contacts. This is why many of them think that the persistence of severe poverty worldwide does not require their attention and there is nothing wrong with how the states operate and interact with each other.

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