To everyone who reads this blog, my apologies for not having posted in a while. The primary reason for my silence was that my little family of three, is now due to become four. Everything with that and managing a two year-old, made blogging fall to somewhere near the bottom of the priority list. Our impending arrival brings more responsibility as parents, but doesn’t diminish our social responsibility and therein lies a conundrum. How much is too much for our family?
In the developed world many of us lead relative lives of luxury. Not that we have our own houses in order, in the U.K. there are 4,000,ooo children living in poverty, that’s one in three. In Australia, Aboriginal people have an average life expectancy of 59 for males and 64 for females. These circumstances are unacceptable and indicate a need for more equal distribution of wealth and resources nationally. However global inequality is much more pronounced, with one in every six people living on less than US$1 per day. This situation requires nothing short of a global revolution.
While I can hope for a global governance that is just, the obvious place to start is at home, with our own redistribution of wealth and resources. I won’t expound what we do and don’t do, but suffice to say I am unsure of how much we should be doing. My wife and I have promised ourselves that we will never live a life of luxury and greed, however to people living on less than US$1 per day, we already do.
So how much is too much? How much giving is enough? Should we take home a maximum of the national average salary per household, or the global average salary per household? Should we be living a Gandhi-like existence on bare essentials? How much should my children forgo and how much are my wife and I actually prepared to give up? I am thinking out loud, I don’t have the answers or even a strong opinion, but I’d be interested to know what you think.