A hidden cost of war, poverty and disease

One of the first excuses that creative people use for not shipping is they have no energy and creativity after working a full time job in or out of the home.  Very few of us can afford to devote all our time to creative endeavors:  the patronage system of the Renaissance is all but gone, and the modern system of government and non-profit grants to artists is limited, so most of us have to make a living and provide for a family.  It can be done, there are artists and authors who manage it, but anyone working a job that requires decision making and innovation knows how little creative juice they have left at the end of the workday.

Can you imagine the struggle for the two billion people the World Bank reports are living with fragility due to poverty, disease and conflict?  Many people living in countries afflicted with war, crime, disease and poverty spend every waking moment simply trying to stay alive.  The cost of war, poverty and disease in terms of human suffering is staggering, but another cost is the loss of human potential.  Conflict and poverty impacts potential poets, musicians, authors and artists, people who have talents and viewpoints that may never be allowed to enrich the human experience.  In addition to the cultural losses, conflict and fragility have an equally severe impact on engineering and technological innovations that could provide answers to some of the challenges that make life in the developing world so difficult.

Creating at the end of a full workday may seem difficult, until we compare it to the accomplishments of those who are able to create in spite of the struggle to survive.

One example of innovation in the face of hardship:
http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/gadgets-electronics/stories/5-low-tech-innovations-making-a-difference-in-the-developing

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7 responses to “A hidden cost of war, poverty and disease

  1. Good things to remember and take into account of course…thanks for always offering advice in a gentle way… Its a pleasure top check in on you every day. Cheers,e

  2. We who are so fortunate sometimes forget what others have to go through

  3. Suzy

    We have such easy, wealthy lives compared to most of the world. FYI, I have shared your link to the ‘5 low-tech innovations’ on my church’s page. Some of our members have helped build rocket stoves in Guatemala over the years.

  4. nydia

    Steve, this post hits so close to home for me. After years working to tell the stories of people just like those you describe, witnessing their potential when it’s tapped is one of the richest experiences of my life. This is a great reminder for me to write about it soon.

  5. nydia

    I know, I know! It’s just gotta simmer a little more… 😉