Friday, January 25, 2013

Why Reflect on Utopia

As part of our training we've discussed a book I have on my shelf, The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs; as well as a paper titled , Utopian Nightmare, which I wasn't as familiar with and seems may have been the groundwork to the book, The White Man's Burden. Both have a lot of interesting information in them. Mr Easterly asks some hard questions like, this one:
"After 43 years and $568 billion (in 2003 dollars) in foreign aid to the continent, Africa remains trapped in economic stagnation. Moreover, after $568 billion, donor officials apparently still have not gotten around to furnishing those 12-cent medicines to children to prevent half of all malaria deaths."
I also really enjoyed watching this video of William Easterly presenting to the Authors@Google series:

I've always been a big believer in the Chinese proverb that Google tells me originated from Lao Tzu, the Chinese founder of Taoism, in the 4th Century BC
"If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime." 
To elaborate. . .

After looking at the Easterly perspective, I found that his mind set more closely identifies with my own. How often to do we see and hear celebrities and the very wealthy begging the public to give money. It drives me absolutely crazy! How often do we see someone actually doing something. Accountability in life and in service seem to be an afterthought for so much of modern society. It reminds me of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. He was an example of a do'er. We need more of this in society, particularly among those of celebrity status. For example, watch this video that describes how Mitt didn't go hire some service to help someone in his Sons community, he actually went there and helped himself!

Grand goals and massive amounts of money are useless if they don't achieve the goal in mind. I'm very excited to contribute to the World community through sharing my insights, ideas, and different perspectives as a member of the Corporate Service Corps. I'd like to believe that actually putting my feet on the ground, I will help contribute in a way that brings "progress" to people who are clearly working to better their country. #ibmcsc Malaysia

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