It is estimated that over 1 billion people are currently living in slums and the number expects to grow to over 2 billion by the year 2030. Quite a huge problem if one add in all the other problems associated with food, water and electricity. Slums have been a major problem in Mumbai, Mexico City and Sao Paolo. 55% of the population of Mumbai live in slums, which cover only 6% of the city’s land. Slum growth rate in Mumbai is greater than the general urban growth rate.
Some governments claim that efforts to eradicate slums have failed. Its interesting that the political solution to these dwellings is to simply ‘sweep it under the rug, if we can’. Yet we can clearly see why such efforts are so empty. Who would pay for the removal of the shack towns? Where would the people be re-located to? What provisions would be made for the re-located people to survive?
The oppression of people by governments and/or corporations (same thing aren’t they?) such as those in Mumbai, Mexico City and Sao Paolo, not to mention many other countries around the world, is inexcusable. Having a degree in Building Construction, and having worked in the construction industry for many years myself, it is clearly apparent that the only factors preventing the production of adequate housing funnel down to corruption, greed, and outright abuse of life. If we look at the problem honestly, it would not take very much money at all to grant all of these people basic, functional and practical housing. Having witnessed how houses are built in Canada, I can say that for every 2 houses built, there is enough material to make 1 small house with what was thrown in the garbage bins. That’s an extreme amount of unnecessary waste…it is really no wonder our landfills are full.
There is one primary underlying factor – Money – and money inevitably, comes down to one point itself – responsibility. Who is taking responsibility to support life here? No one? The entire competition based system, and all of us who participate within it are guilty of this atrocity. But the really astonishing part of it, is that problems such as this are so incredibly easy to solve, yet they exist, because of the pure spiteful nature we allow within ourselves and everyone. All justified with lame and unacceptable excuses.
When we think of ‘slums’, we think of dirty, run down, poverty-stricken and crime infested neighbourhoods. We don’t even want to go there. We prefer our comfortable, spacious dwellings where we can sit back and ‘not have any negative thoughts’ or anything remotely associated with poverty come into our minds… ‘That is all “negative” vibes’…don’t want that thanks. We have to stay “positive” right – which means we can’t afford to hear these kinds of awful stories or see what’s really going on in our world, because it may force us to face our self-deception and realize our forsaken responsibility.
Many prefer to ignore things thinking that ‘as long as I am protected by my money, I don’t care what goes on in some other country.’ It is as if peoples minds/awareness can only go so far as the imaginary border of the country, at which point the mind/awareness just stops dead, and turns back for home as if to say “ah, I did what I could”. Quite amazing actually, but that is the extent to which we have allowed fear and limitation to control us.
Shacks would be unnecessary in an Equal Money System. There are plenty of resources to provide the basic living necessities for everyone, and rather simply, efficiently and effectively at that. I would also mention that, within an EMS, those that wish to dwell in large mansions, well, it’s obvious common sense, you are going to have to share. Understand, it is all about equality – sharing this planet.
So, to defend blatant and obvious abusive practices such as FSI (Floor Space Index) or lack of access to proper transportation as reasons why slums exist are outright aversion and dis-association from the actual root of the problem, as being the capitalistic money system. Those who do not associate with the real root of the issue are the ones who actually have D.I.D. – dissociative identity disorder, aka multiple personality disorder.
Yes, because the system is built on fear of survival, there inevitably exists abuse within the system where people, given the opportunity to abuse, are going to grab it. With the implementation of an Equal Money System, there is going to have to be a mass re-education of the many of people who are controlled by fear and think that they can get away with abuse of life. That is obviously not what is best for all. In that way, the fear of survival and sub-sequential harmful thought programs are able to be disengaged, and a person will learn how to support oneself within ones living environment and learn what it means to actually live as an equal and support all life equally.
There will be tremendous opportunity for self-expression and real freedom. Clearly equality entails responsibility, therefore there will be community and group related responsibilities as everyone will be accounted for in that respect, as all will assist in making life the actual living expression of that which is best for all. I would not recommend opposing such a profound statement of life. Strangely though, some think they are, or can be ‘larger’ or ‘better’ than life itself. Such people who choose so and fight to maintain such a belief, will become rather outstanding,… radiant and shining examples of profound stupidity, to the extent that they may even die of strange and ‘newly invented’ circumstances of their own making, such as radical-self-glorification-disease or over-self-stimulation-syndrome. Should make for some rather interesting spectacles.
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