Idag blir det ett inlägg på engelska, för jag älskar det språket. Och bilden är från staden där jag är uppvuxen. Barcelona.
I know it has to do with how we’re raised, and I’m aware that the difference in living standards is a big part of it, but if we could stop acting spoiled for long enough to see what’s going on, I don’t think everyone would be smiling.
The lottery of life.
Three, that’s the number of times you get to spin the wheel. One of the countries I got was China. There are many different challenges in China, among them are malnutrition, sexual violence, extreme poverty, and child abuse. However, the ones I chose to write about are illiteracy and high risk for natural disasters. By doing so, I will probably get into matters of poverty and how it can affect people in cases of situations like that of the challenges I chose.
To start off, I would like to mention how fortunate people can be, and how little they appreciate it. They are too engrossed in their own world to even notice their own fortune. I’m no exception. Although I’m not as bad as most, I too, have my moments of ignorance. While I may have problems from time to time, it’s nothing compared to what people on the other side of the world are dealing with. And although I may not have the best fortune, I’m still one of the lucky ones. I’m lucky for being able to live in Sweden, a place where the risk for natural disasters is close to none. I don’t need to spend every second of my life worrying that any time Mother Earth might take action. I can feel safe while wandering the streets,… to some extent. I know I’m safe once I enter my home. I don’t need to go around worrying that the building might collapse if the wind gets too strong. I don’t need to worry about whether or not my parents will get home safe after work. I don’t need to learn how to be paranoid when I’m a child. I don’t have to worry about getting too attached to things I know I might loose at any given moment. Living in comfort, we easily forget how tough people have it. We forget that they suffer for the loss of a family member at the hands of nature. We forget because we believe that we’re the ones suffering, suffering because we didn’t get a perfect score on a test. We forget that they suffer because something they couldn’t control destroyed their home and they no longer have a place to live. We forget because we believe that we’re the ones that suffer, suffer because we dropped our phone and the glass cracked. Living in comfort doesn’t make us selfish, it makes us blind.
Earthquakes, unavoidable and horrific –at least in this case– events that both kill and destroy. Then there are floods, they’re also among the unavoidable disasters that occur in China. Every year the chance for massive rainfall is 100%. The overflowing amounts of water are too much for most drains to handle and thus, a flood or two every year is pretty much guaranteed.
Illiteracy, the inability to read and write. That inability is not caused by something like dyslexia or lack of concentration. The reason is lack of money, and in turn, lack of education.
Every child has the right to go to school. Despite that, there are millions of children around the world who simply don’t have the privilege to do so. Whether or not a child is allowed to go to school depends on the country they live in. In some countries it’s an obligation. Every child has to go to school. In some countries it’s a right. Every child is allowed to go to school. And in some countries it depends. Every child does not get to go to school. There are countries where a child has to meet a certain criteria. If the criteria is not met, the child is not allowed in school. It’s no longer a right. It’s not even an obligation.
In this case, the ones mostly targeted are girls, children with mental or physical disabilities, and then the ones who don’t have the money. They aren’t even considered a position in school.
Going to school doesn’t just teach us how to read and write, it teaches us how to be responsible members of society. If a child does not get to go to school, there is a big chance that he or she will turn to a life of crime. They can’t get a job because of their lack of education. They can’t buy food as a result of having no job. And since they have to eat, they start stealing.
Knowing all of this, and that it’s not even half of all the problems out there… can you still keep a smile on your face as you turn a blind eye?
/Maya Roca Ahlgren, årskurs 9.