Pop culture vs progress

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Pop culture vs progress

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Out of 2.2 billion children worldwide, 1 billion live in poverty. There are 640 million children worldwide without adequate shelter and 400 million with no access to safe water. The richest 60 percent of the world account for 95 percent of the world’s wealth. However, instead of attempting to solve these problems, this 60 percent seems to be more concerned with the idea of “cool” pop culture trends than helping our fellow human beings.

Tenzin Gyatso, the current Dalai Lama, once said “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.” If this is true, as people who do have the capability to help, one must ask the question: Are we doing enough to help solve these problems?

In today’s world of increased connectivity, it’s become easier than ever to give to charity. Sites like freerice.com allow people to donate food to impoverished peoples with just the click of a button and without having to pay any actual money. In February 2015, freerice.com was visited one million times. Compared to sites like Facebook (19.4 billion visits), Google (18.1 billion) and YouTube (14.6 billion visits), this is very low indeed.

While it may be fun to debate the color of a dress with your friends or pore over Kanye’s latest tweet, one has to imagine how much better the world could be if people put just half of that sort of effort into learning about worthy causes, such as HIV/AIDS, starvation, health services and many more. As a whole, these issues still remain widely underfunded, and the public remains generally under-informed. Is it right that these issues concerning the suffering of our fellow human beings go, for the most part, relatively unnoticed while trivial issues such as “the dress” earn notoriety for essentially no reason at all?

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