Who makes poverty history?
Not Government. Government enslaves inventors, entrepreneurs, and investors with brutal lashes of taxation, uses a large portion of the proceeds of this slavery to maintain lavish and comfortable lifestyles for politicians and bureaucrats ... and channels a pittance of this stolen money to the poor, enough to entice them to vote as desired. Look at history littered with bureaucratically impoverished socialist states. Is there really any evidence that government can eliminate poverty? Or is there more evidence that government has a vested interest in keeping poverty in existence?
On the other hand, what if it is the inventors and entrepreneurs themselves who in the natural course of their endeavors create businesses and jobs, and a vacuum which sucks everyone (except politicians and bureaucrats) up to a higher standard of living? Maybe inventors and entrepreneurs should throw off their shackles of slavery and say to governments, "You want poverty to disappear? Get to hell ... out of our way!"
Then again, maybe the real way to make poverty history is to teach people to hear the Voice for God, and follow the Voice for God, trusting that God provides an abundance of everything anyone could ever need.
Here's how A Course in Miracles puts it:
"All things are given you. God’s trust in you is limitless. He gives without exception, holding nothing back that can contribute to your happiness. Yet the gifts of God are not accepted by anyone who feels himself unworthy. He must deny their presence, contradict the truth, and suffer to preserve the world he made.
"He who feels unworthy wanders on, aware of the futility he sees about him everywhere, perceiving how his little lot but dwindles as he goes ahead to nowhere. Still he wanders on in misery and poverty, seemingly alone though God is with him offering a treasure so great that everything the world contains is valueless before its magnitude.
"And yet YOUR change of mind becomes the proof that who accepts God’s gifts can never suffer anything. You are entrusted with the world’s release from pain. Betray it not. Become the living proof of what Christ’s touch can offer everyone. God has entrusted all His gifts to you. Be witness in your happiness to how transformed the mind becomes which chooses to accept His gifts and feel the touch of Christ. Such is your mission now. For God entrusts the giving of His gifts to all who have received them. He has shared His joy with you. And now you go to share it with the world."
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"...nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21)
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