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Published: Monday, April 29 2013 4:35 p.m. MDT

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gee-en
Salt Lake City, UT

Does anyone also teach the basics of economics in classes or programs like this? Basics like, oh I don't know, cost of living? For example, how 3 eggs might cost x amount of dollars in the U.S. of A. while the same 3 eggs might cost y amount in India or Africa. Hint: y amount is probably much, much less than x amount.
Just a guess that 10 cents probably buys you a dozen eggs in some of the poorest countries.
Why are people in the U.S. of A. living on $1.50 of food per day when, if they really wanted to live like the poorest of the world, they should live on the equivalent amount of food that $1.50 would buy in those countries. Another hint: many of those poorest probably have a more nutritious diet full of vegetable and fruits and grains (low amounts of sugar and fats and empty calories) than we in the western world do. I would say that lack of access to water and lawlessness (corrupt governments or inability to recognize rights of individuals) contribute as much or more to poverty than only buying $1.50 worth of food per day.

worf
Mcallen, TX

"world's poorest people"?

Through out history, bad governments have been the cause for this kind of condition.

Extreme poverty maybe on our path if we don't vote in better leaders.

George
New York, NY

@red corvette
wasn't it also Jesus that dedicated much of his life serving the poor, which leads me to ask what is your point?

Dave D
Pocatello, ID

Mercedes, excellent write up. Our family of four is doing it this week (my wife and two sons, one age 3, one 16 months. We have certainly felt ridiculous about doing it in the sense that we enjoy every other aspect of a middle-class life: indoor plumbing, potable water, electric oven/stove, etc. But at the same time, if only in the slightest way, I am gaining an inkling of what life must be like for these brothers and sisters of mine. We know we will have plenty of food when this challenge is finished, but in the meantime I worry about my young children getting enough. Imagine dealing with that among many other difficult facets of life. We are doing daily updates on a site called No Poor Among Them if anyone is interested.

"And remember in all things the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted, for he that doeth not these things, the same is not my disciple." D&C 52:40

Dave D
Pocatello, ID

@gee-en,

The $1.50 number comes from an economic technique called purchasing power parity. Sure, it is not perfect. The cost per day for the challenge changes based on the country you live in. Of course the cost of food in various parts of our country differs, but that should not distract from the essence of what the Live Below the Line challenge is trying to accomplish.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Red Corvette--bad governments will be with us, that's why we'll always have the poor. People cannot see passed deception, and will always allow bad governments in until it's too late.

This is found through out history, and is evolving in our country.

George
New York, NY

@worf
So let’s assume for the sack of argument you are right, would this, in relgious terms since that was corvette's reference, absolve you from doing what you could as an individual?

worf
Mcallen, TX

@George--bad governments don't like individualism. That's why they create cooperatives, groupings, or teams of people. By controlling the groups, they restrict individually, and become the central authority.

Doing what you could as an individual is not impossible, but faces many more obstacles. In today's world, Thomas Edison may have never invented the light bulb.

An example of this can be found in today's schools. When students were placed into cooperative groups,-literacy took a nose dive.

In the mid-1960's, China eliminated their cooperatives, and their economy has blossomed.

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