Cause of Poverty

Cause of Poverty

I was trained in development economics. I schooled myself to be curious and analytical. I am affiliated with nothing. I belong to nothing. I am identified with nothing. I have no stakes or claims in anything. I am part of nowhere. I am a visitor devoid of vested interests. My credentials are irrelevant. My professional accomplishments are unimportant. My social status is immaterial. Even my name is inconsequential. Nevertheless, what I say is existentially consequential. For the record, my name is AB Sunil Kayal.

My serene sanctuary, overlooking nature’s artistry, engaging the wonders of Los Angeles, emboldens me to wonder about human reality in the cosmic continuum of human history. My monologues on civilized citizenship are regularly watched by nature’s alternating marvelous splendor and dismal shadow. They are attended by the grandness of the ocean, viewed by the majesty of the mountain, witnessed by the loftiness of the skyline, and cheered by the stunning sunsets, followed by soothing city lights. My monologues are part of my ongoing dialectic on how humanity could readily achieve civilized citizenship. To become civilized—to attain civilized citizenship—humanity must end its endless violence, corruption, and prejudice, and embrace nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance.

My monologues summarize my reading of human reality. They are a condensed review of human history. They include human realities and human choices. They cover five purposes. Their salient purpose is to make people aware of the cause of humanity’s perennial poverty. Their leading purpose is to detail the unbearable economic costs of violence, corruption, and prejudice. Their principal purpose is to let people know about the untold economic benefits of nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance. Their important purpose is to explain why ideology is nothing but idiocy, dictatorship is wickedly ruinous, and flawed democracy is an appalling scam. Their critical purpose is to highlight the unconscionable failures and deficits of the conventional economics.

My monologues detail how violence, corruption, and prejudice cause unbearable economic and social costs; how violence, corruption, and prejudice keep humanity uncivilized; and how violence, corruption, and prejudice cause unending poverty. My monologues explain how nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance will offer humanity untold economic and social benefits; how nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance will help people become civilized; and how nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance will help eradicate poverty.

Violence, corruption, and prejudice, together, make up humanity’s uncivilized citizenship, its barbarity. Violence is unending, universal, and ubiquitous. Corruption is unending, universal, and ubiquitous. Prejudice is unending, universal, and ubiquitous. The sole cause of humanity’s unending, universal, and ubiquitous poverty is its unending, universal, and ubiquitous uncivilized citizenship, barbarity. Humanity’s never-ending poverty is solely and entirely caused by its never-ending violence, corruption, and prejudice.

A country’s economic resources are its wealth. Violence destroys humanity’s wealth. Corruption abuses its wealth. Prejudice wastes its wealth. Humanity’s unending violence causes ongoing wealth destruction. Its unending corruption causes ongoing wealth abuse. Its unending prejudice causes ongoing wealth waste. The unending wealth destruction caused by unending violence, the unending wealth abuse caused by unending corruption, and the unending wealth waste caused by unending prejudice are the sole and entire cause of humanity’s perennial poverty. Wealth destruction, abuse, and waste drastically cut the amount of economic resources available for growth-generative consumption and investment. Reduction in consumption and investment curtails economic growth. Reduction in economic growth causes cuts in social progress. Reductions in economic growth and social progress, together, cause reduction in economic development. Curtailment in economic development causes cuts in people’s standard of living and quality of life. As economic development is curtailed, unemployment is created, depriving people of their means of livelihood and sources of income, which along with cuts in social assistance cause poverty.

Without exception, every human being is innately inclined toward violence, corruption, and prejudice. No human being is excluded, exempted, excused, or excepted from their inherent inclination toward violence, corruption, and prejudice. Everyone is inclined toward violence. Everyone is inclined toward corruption. Everyone is inclined toward prejudice. Consequently, everyone is intrinsically and potentially violent, corrupt, and prejudiced. Over time, humanity has invented ideology, despotism, and flawed democracy. Ideology, despotism, and flawed democracy inevitably exacerbate the sum total of violence, corruption, and prejudice caused by humanity’s inborn disposition.  By worsening violence, corruption, and prejudice, ideology, despotism, and flawed democracy worsen humanity’s poverty.

Violence, corruption, and prejudice are humanity’s embodiment. They are its scandalous reality. They are its quintessence. They keep humanity everlastingly uncivilized. They are actuated and actualized by humanity’s ingrained barbarity. Barbarity exemplifies and epitomizes humanity as uncivilized. Starting from its beginning, humanity has always been uncivilized. It has always been engaged in violence, corruption, and prejudice. From the start, it has been incessantly, inevitably, and inescapably committing violence, corruption, and prejudice. Its uncivilized citizenship unavoidably causes unending wealth destruction, wealth abuse, and wealth waste, perpetuating poverty.

Uncivilized citizenship began with the arrival of Adam and creation of Eve. Corruption started when Adam and Eve purloined the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. Prejudice started when Adam and Eve, as God had exemplified, preferred their son, Abel, over their other son, Cain. Violence started when Cain killed Abel. Since then, violence, corruption, and prejudice have been continuing nonstop. They burgeoned as the population count burgeoned. They proliferated as human density proliferated.

When people’s innate inclination for violence, corruption, and prejudice are actualized, uncivilized citizenship occurs, causing unimaginable detriments, unbearable tragedies, and unbelievable costs, impeding and curtailing humanity’s prosperity and progress. Nonstop violence, corruption, and prejudice inescapably encase humanity unendingly in barbarity and poverty. Immanent human inclination toward barbarity inevitably and insinuatingly prompts people into committing violence, corruption, and prejudice, which unavoidably entail unbearable economic and social costs, keeping them in perennial poverty. Violence, corruption, and prejudice, actualized through humanity’s innate inclination, and exacerbated by humanity’s invented ideology, despotism, and flawed democracy, have immortalized its barbarity and poverty across borders, cultures, and generations. Violence, corruption, and prejudice are the sole and entire cause of humanity’s entrenched and perennial poverty.

Conventional economics maintains that poverty is caused by scarcity of economic resources and inefficiency in resource utilization. That a priori contention is as foolish as the long discredited proposition that pornography produces addictive chemicals in human brains. If the assertion of the conventional economics were sound and spot-on, there wouldn’t be any poverty in America. In America, economic resources are abundantly plethoric and resource utilization efficiency is incomparably surpassing. Poverty is universal and entrenched in rich advanced countries and poor backward countries alike with little inevitability of economic resource scarcity and resource utilization incompetence. Poverty is caused by violence, corruption, and prejudice, which are plethoric and proliferate in rich advanced countries and poor backward countries alike. Mali’s poverty may have been peripherally or marginally caused by capital scarcity and resource employment inefficiency. However, even such paucity and scarcity were originally created by violence, corruption, and prejudice. America’s poverty has nothing to do with scarcity of economic resources and incompetence in resource utilization. America’s poverty is solely and entirely and Mali’s poverty is overwhelmingly caused by their violence, corruption, and prejudice.

Poverty deprives the poor of keep and dignity. Lack of keep and dignity stifles confidence and competence. Indigence and indignity deprive people of initiative and enterprise to pursue affluence. Nothing is more detrimental and demeaning to humanity than poverty. A person in poverty is bereft of human glory. A poor person is dearth of human dignity. Poverty is humiliation. It deprives people of pride. Poverty is humanity’s worst tragedy. It causes pain and shame. To end poverty, humans must become civilized. Only nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance will civilize people. Only nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance will end poverty. Nonviolence will end wealth destruction caused by violence. Altruism will end wealth abuse from corruption. Tolerance will end wealth waste from prejudice. Nothing but nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance will eliminate poverty. Flawless democracy, which guarantees equal opportunity and equal privilege, expedites the elimination of poverty, providing critical help to accelerate human progress.

To civilize itself, humanity is required to shun its barbarity and eradicate its poverty. Barbarity makes humanity uncivilized. Poverty keeps humanity uncivilized. Since violence, corruption, and prejudice make and keep humanity uncivilized, it cannot become civilized without eschewing violence, corruption, and prejudice. It will remain uncivilized as long as it is beset by uncivilized citizenship. It will be prevented from becoming civilized until it shuns violence, corruption, and prejudice. It cannot eliminate poverty without ending violence, corruption, and prejudice because uncivilized citizenship is the sole cause of humanity’s never-ending poverty. Without ending violence, corruption, and prejudice, humanity will continue to fail to eliminate poverty, in rich and poor countries alike.

An immeasurably superior alternative to uncivilized citizenship is civilized citizenship. Nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance make up civilized citizenship. Unlike uncivilized citizenship, which is begotten by humans’ inborn disposition, civilized citizenship is an acquired attribute. Consequently, civilized citizenship is required to be inculcated, cultivated, and nurtured. Nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance will unremittingly and unceasingly create untold economic and social benefits, helping humanity eliminate poverty forever. Humanity cannot escape barbarity and end poverty without embracing nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance. To attain its cherished wish to become a noble species, humanity must become nonviolent, altruistic, and tolerant. Only nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance will help civilize humanity, enabling it to save itself from barbarity and poverty. Civilized citizenship will endow humanity its hallowed triumph. Only civilized citizenship will free humanity from barbarism and indigence. Without becoming nonviolent, altruistic, and tolerant, human beings cannot become noble beings. Only civilized citizenship will help people become concurrently civilized and affluent.

The lone solution to and the sole remedy for uncivilized citizenship is civilized citizenship. Nonviolence will end wealth destruction caused by violence. Altruism will end wealth abuse caused by corruption. Tolerance will end wealth waste caused by prejudice. Endings of wealth destruction, wealth abuse, and wealth waste will make infinitely more economic resources available for growth-generative consumption and investment, augmenting economic growth and boosting social progress. Increases in economic development, achieved through simultaneous increase in economic growth and social progress, creating more and better employment, income, and benefits, increase people’s standard of living and quality of life, eliminating poverty forever. Nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance are the only way for humanity to become civilized and escape poverty. No human being and no country can claim to be civilized until they end violence, corruption, and prejudice, and embrace nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance. No nation is civilized so long as it allows poverty, causing pain and shame to human beings.

To ensure a just and fair society, everyone in a country must have equal opportunities and equal privileges. Equal economic, legal, political, and social opportunities and privileges are a democracy’s indispensable attributes and inevitable requirements. Only then can a democracy claim supreme superiority over despotism. When a democracy guarantees everyone equal opportunities and equal privileges, such democracy becomes a flawless democracy. Today, every democracy is a flawed democracy. America’s is a flawed democracy. It was designed and sustained to enable and empower the powerful to fleece the powerless. America’s flawed democracy is used by the powerful to scam the powerless never-endingly. American democracy was structured to purposefully skew distribution of opportunities and privileges to benefit the powerful and deprive the powerless. Replacing its flawed democracy with flawless democracy will guarantee the 90-plus-percent patriotic Americans ongoing improvement in their standard of living and quality of life, eliminating poverty.

Entrenched corruption, pervasive prejudice, and widespread violence are the inevitable and concomitant characteristics of a flawed democracy. When nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance are undergirded by flawless democracy, the country becomes oriented, organized, and equipped to assure and protect every citizen with a satisfactory standard of living and quality of life, enshrined with legal protection and political equality, devoid of poverty and human indignity. Nothing but nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance strengthened with flawless democracy will civilize humanity. None but civilized humanity will eliminate humanity’s perennial poverty.  

Economics is a study of human behavior. It is a study of how human behaviors cause economic events, how they determine economic realities, and how they create economic outcomes. Its purpose to study human behavior is what makes economics encompassing, embodying, and embracing. Nonetheless, in their incorporating and integrating myopia, economists committed a mortal sin of unfathomable consequences and costs to humanity. They omitted and ignored the most innate and inevitable human behavior. Conventional economics unconscionably failed to study the unbearable economic costs of violence, corruption, and prejudice. For whatever paltry reason, economists failed to study how violence causes wealth destruction, how corruption causes wealth abuse, and how prejudice causes wealth abuse. They failed to study how destruction of wealth, abuse of wealth, and waste of wealth cause humanity’s never-ending poverty. They failed to study why poverty is widespread and entrenched in poor backward Mali and rich advanced America alike. 

Heavenly mother, for whatever scanty reason, conventional economists failed to let humanity know about the untold economic benefits of nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance, and how an infinitely more prosperous world could have been built by embracing nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance. In their limitedness, economists failed to study the cost of ideology, despotism, and a flawed democracy. Instead, in their meagerness and idiocy, they become ideologues, agents of despotism, and holly warriors for flawed democracy. They failed to explain the immeasurable economic benefits of a flawless democracy. They failed to articulate how a country’s competition and welfare are unfavorably affected by humanity’s uncivilized citizenship and favorably affected by its civilized citizenship. Since economics survives as a compendium of failures, an embarrassment of omissions, and an explosion of neglect, it owns humanity’s wreck and ruin, desolation and despondency. 

Humans have always been uncivilized, endlessly committing uncivilized transgressions, causing economic ruin. Humanity’s unending violence, corruption, and prejudice cause its never-ending poverty. Without eschewing violence, corruption, and prejudice, humanity cannot become civilized. Without becoming civilized, humanity cannot achieve universal affluence. Embracing nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance is the prerequisite to becoming universally affluent and transcendently civilized. Only a civilized country cherishing nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance can become a moral country. Only a country committed to civilized citizenship will be able to offer its people an environment helping them shun barbarity to escape poverty. When destruction of wealth, abuse of wealth, and waste of wealth are ended, economic growth is maximized. Only when economic growth is maximized can social progress be maximized. Without civilized citizenship, no nation can achieve the maximum economic growth and social progress to improve people’s standard of living and quality of life, eliminating poverty and human indignity. Without becoming civilized, no nation will be able to employ its entire available economic resources to achieve maximum economic growth and social progress, and thus maximum economic development. Civilized citizenship is an inevitable economic requirement to maximize welfare and perfect competition.

Ideas inspire change. Change builds progress. Human ingenuity to invent incredible technologies has created unbelievable progress. Revolutionary technologies help people who can afford to buy them have leisurely and comfortable lives. Technological progress confirms humanity’s creative superiority. Innovative technologies unequivocally provide unimaginable benefits. Nonetheless, they also unfailingly offer people shortcuts to actualize their inborn inclination for violence, corruption, and prejudice. Despite the incredible technological progress, including the Internet and smartphones, humanity has not succeeded in helping itself become either barbarity-free or poverty-free. Nor do they yet help people move toward becoming civilized and universally affluent. Humanity’s ingenuity notwithstanding, it remains utterly uncivilized as it fails to mend its innate inclination for violence, corruption, and prejudice, which propel it into causing endless wealth destruction, wealth abuse, and wealth waste.

Humanity has failed to stop its never-ending violence, corruption, and prejudice because it failed to recognize and study their unbearable economic and social costs. It failed to embrace nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance because it failed to recognize and study their untold economic and social benefits. Its inability to understand those realities and perspectives prevented the obligatory changes from happening. Violence, corruption, and prejudice started when humanity was born, and they continue nonstop. Corruption started when Adam and Eve stole the fruit from the tree of knowledge. Prejudice started when Adam and Eve preferred Abel to Cain. Violence started when Cain killed Abel.

Humanity has so far failed to divorce itself from its disposition for violence, corruption, and prejudice. Had humanity succeeded, it could have restyled its inclination toward violence, corruption, and prejudice into a steadfast embrace of nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance. It could have thus shunned its barbaric pedigree and paradigm. It could have thus freed itself from its inherent inclinations toward violence, corruption, and prejudice and its dense opaqueness toward ideology, despotism, and flawed democracy. The study of civilized citizenship is a holistic economic proposition and requirement. Nothing but the study of the economics of civilized citizenship will help humanity develop an appreciation for the untold benefits of nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance, and for fathoming the unbearable costs of violence, corruption, and prejudice. Nothing but such study will help humanity equip itself to become transcendently civilized and universally affluent.

Humanity’s desperately and urgently needed economic and social triumph can be achieved only by ending violence, corruption, and prejudice, and starting adherence to nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance, burnished by flawless democracy. Only the cessation of uncivilized citizenship and the commencement of civilized citizenship will everlastingly eliminate barbarity and poverty. Elimination of barbarity and poverty will help shape a new outlook on human reality through an objective understanding of human history, and build an inimitable enthusiasm to strive toward an immaculate future.

It is a categorical realty that humanity cannot become ecumenically civilized and universally affluent unless it ends violence, corruption, and prejudice. Humanity cannot become ecumenically civilized and universally affluent unless it embraces nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance. It cannot eliminate its perennial poverty unless it eschews its uncivilized citizenship. It is a categorical reality that humanity will everlastingly fail to simultaneously become civilized and affluent unless it embraces civilized citizenship. It will remain drenched in shame unless it becomes audaciously smart to deride at its lure for ideology, pull for despotism, and conceit about flawed democracy. Its uncivilized citizenship will insurmountably prevent humanity from improving its ability and expediting its headway in becoming concurrently civilized and affluent. Only civilized citizenship can liberate humanity and help reach the mountaintop of authentic triumph and true glory.

To end humanity’s never-ending uncivilized citizenship, it must study the economics of civilized citizenship, a narrative created from the lessons of human history. It enumerates the economic and social costs of violence, corruption, and prejudice. It highlights the untold economic and social benefits of nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance. It exposes how violence, corruption, and prejudice get exacerbated by ideology, despotism, and flawed democracy. It shows how ongoing violence, corruption, and prejudice nonstop destroy, abuse, and waste wealth. It explains how wealth destruction, wealth abuse, and wealth waste create and perpetuate poverty. It articulates how nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance will eliminate poverty forever by eliminating wealth destruction, wealth abuse, and wealth waste. It emphasizes the desperate need for humanity to develop awareness of the urgency to assume civilized citizenship to avail the untold benefits of nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance. It underscores the need to institute flawless democracy, replacing both flawed democracy and despotism everywhere to ensure economic justice and civilized citizenship. It explicates the power of nonviolence, altruism, and tolerance to ensure everyone ongoing improvement in their standard of living and quality of life.