Monday, November 13, 2006

The one thing my county doesn't have - Venezuela

The one thing my country doesn't have is equality. Being an under developed country we share some of the difficulties of the rest of the so called 3rd world specially a large group of people living in extreme poverty.

That is specially contradictory for me, since I live in a country full of natural resources (including the almighty oil) where a small minority is living life large with insane amounts of money getting richer by the hour exploiting government contracts and political influence. The gap between rich and poor is unbelievable, in the streets of any major city you can see a 8 years old kid cleaning the windshields of a Hummer H2, people working 8-10 hours a day just to a make minimum wage that is not enough to pay for food and utilities while a small elite filled their pockets. The best option to make a living is to find a good spot in public administration, but if you do, then you have to give up your political opinion and support the government no matter how crappy it is.


The saddest part is that so far, things doesn't seem to be changing and the gap it's gettin bigger and bigger.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jock said...

Johan,

Thats the latin america situation.
Sad...

3:09 PM  
Blogger Neyda said...

If we analyze the situation of other countries rich in this “black gold”, we might say that it’s a curse to have oil reserves.

Nigeria, Angola, Iraq and Venezuela, to name a few, have great similarities: wealth for a few, poverty for the rest.

Perhaps it is that we are like young spoiled rich kids, who just don’t know how to manage its wealth and how to produce well being.

I just want to believe that, some day, our situation is going to change for better!

1:17 AM  
Blogger Tomas said...

I would say, that lack of equoality is the feature of all our world. Equality is nice dream but not the reality.
However, Equality isnt a fairy tale. It exist in practice too. We meet her in spiritual relationships between people and it knows no other coordinations.

4:06 AM  

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