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Illekn
April 29th, 2010, 08:17 PM
Well... I got a magazine from pastor, and well, one article caught my eye.

It basically wanted people to realize that your poverty probably isn't as bad as you think.

Examples:

If you own at least one TV, you're richer than more than 99 percent of Tanzania.

If you own a cell phone, you're richer than 70 percent of Honduras.

If you go to the Movie Theater at least once a year, you are richer than at least of Turkey.

If you have access to at least one motor vehicle, you are richer than most of Madagascar.

and

If your monthly bills(+expenses) average out to more than $10 US dollars, you are among the richest 20 percent of people in the world.

What are your views on these figures?

I personally think it is really horrible. I know a lot of people who have all those things... and well.. people pity them because they can't get the coolest, and best things when they want.. but should they really?

Fxcking Tatertots
April 29th, 2010, 08:23 PM
These statistics seemed to not be skewed [Tanzania is pretty dead-on]. Not too keen on the Turkey one, though.

And it's nice to see someone who appreciates what they have. I think other people in America should, too amongst the recession.

donavannj
April 29th, 2010, 08:39 PM
That Turkey stat makes little sense... Turkey's a pretty wealthy nation on the whole.

Yusshin
April 29th, 2010, 08:41 PM
That Turkey stat makes little sense... Turkey's a pretty wealthy nation on the whole.

Yeah. I have friends in Turkey. It's not a poor country at all :<

RuRuBell
April 29th, 2010, 08:45 PM
Well, I'm not sure if I believe it after I read the part about Turkey...

But I do agree with the message. I see so many kids whining about how their parents are 'mean' because they haven't bought them such-an-such new item. Be happy for what you have already!

Illekn
April 29th, 2010, 09:03 PM
Hm.. I did a little research. What I found isn't really recent, so it might have, and probably has changed since they did the research.

2001
In the last two years, increasing numbers of working people have found themselves in a state of exhaustion and desperation. Monthly income for an average low-income family varies between TL 200 million ($ 20) and TL 500 million ($300). Almost half, or 48 percent, of Turkey’s population belongs to this low-income category while their share of the national income is only 32.5 percent.

donavannj
April 29th, 2010, 09:10 PM
Hm.. I did a little research. What I found isn't really recent, so it might have, and probably has changed since they did the research.



Well, since 2001, Turkey has made a huge effort to try to gain membership into the EU before 2020.

Illekn
April 29th, 2010, 09:11 PM
Yeah. But.. even if Turkey doesn't check out.. everything else does.. soo 4/5 ain't bad.

Mattysaurus
April 30th, 2010, 01:18 PM
I feel that kids can be so bratty. They want more and more even though they have alot already. Even adults are like this. Sure, I am too sometimes.

That is why MONEY is the most addictive drug in the world, if you have some, you always want more.

The Cynic
April 30th, 2010, 02:07 PM
TV ownership is not directly proportional to a country's overall wealth.

A great example of this is Brazil. The people of Brazil are football mad. Almost every household has a TV in order to watch the football, regardless of wealth.

ILoveDragonite
April 30th, 2010, 07:59 PM
If you go to the Movie Theater at least once a year, you are richer than at least of Turkey.

you are richer than at least of Turkey.
than at least of Turkey.
Turkey.

Ayselipera
April 30th, 2010, 09:15 PM
When you live in a country that doesn't have mass amounts of poverty you view whatever wealth people have around you as the norm. I know that I myself tend to forget about all the poverty in the world when I see "that new item" come out. When you don't see something like that outside your back door everyday I suppose it just drifts off into the back of your head. This is not to say I don't care about the poor people living in our world, I'm just saying in a normal day it slips my mind. Which is terrible I know. :(