The other night I watched the Presidential Debate with some friends. These debates drive me crazy for a few reasons…for one I just don’t like debating/arguing, just ask my brothers or my husband 😉 also, I have to admit that I’m not the most educated when it comes to politics and the issues…so sometimes I get lost in all their back and forth talk. That said I do not claim to be an expert in economics! But, I’ve learned some things in the past couple years that cause me to look at the issues be talked about in our economy a little differently.
I think some of the ways churches, organizations and the government have tried to help actually end up hurting. There’s a great book out there called When Helping Hurts that caused me to think, and think again, and keep thinking, about the ways people try to help alleviate poverty and help the economy. Reading this book has caused me to look at so many things differently…when I see a commercial that’s trying to tug at emotions and get us all to give to children in poverty my first thought is “Arrrrgh, no we don’t need the big ol’ deep pocketed Americans to keep throwing money at these communities…”. Also, this book changed the way I think about our own Economic issues right here in the US. The issue is so much bigger and deeper than how much taxes and who should be taxed more, it’s about the heart of and mind of people and communities.
Right here and around the world there are communities and economies that are broken. “Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.” (from book description)
Last night this video came to mind when watching the debate. It’s a 3 part documentary that highlights concepts from When Helping Hurts.