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Let’s face it, we all know the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer. Have we finally had enough? With ‘Occupy’ marches happening around the globe, perhaps we have.

In Australia these protests were relatively small. Then our national carrier, Qantas, cancelled all flights because of industrial action but the boss enjoyed a pay rise. Fat cats be warned, us mice (hopefully) won’t stand for this kind of inequality any more.

Dream with me here: imagine a tax system that charges 10% of a ridiculously rich person’s salary and all of it goes to worthy charities. Would they miss it? Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor is a popular concept because it seems fair.

Instead of buying a large boat, maybe we could cancel out world hunger, or provide mosquito nets in places ravaged by Malaria or Dengue Fever. Oooo how about everyone having access to clean water or a healthy sewerage system? Wouldn’t it be just dandy if all children could be vaccinated against deadly diseases instead of just our lucky kids? Or if women could experience safety in childbirth? Perspective Westies!

Think of what we could do in Australia. There would be no one living on the streets, for there would be enough shelters, homes and public housing for everyone. Our Indigenous brothers and sisters would have a decent chance at a long and successful life with proper healthcare and a more sensitive education system. Universities would be free and available to anyone who was keen and our hospitals and schools wouldn’t be in such a mess.

I know, I know, I’m dreaming here. Perfection is unattainable in this world. It just seems crazy that 1% have so very much while the rest of the world suffers. Food for thought.

If you want to steal from yourself and give to the poor, check out my friend in Zimbabwe who runs a home for abandoned babies. It is called ‘Our Neighbours – Isaiah’s Home of Love’. If you have any corporate connections, this charity is desperate for ongoing support. They find foster homes for these beautiful babies in their own villages. They are doing incredible things with very little.

Check them out hereĀ http://ourneighbours.wordpress.com/author/ourneighbours/

 

 

 

Hair cut, coloured, latest style = $50-$500 +/ visit

Bikini waxes = $25-$50(?) / visit

Skin care = $20- $300/ purchase

Hair products = $5- $100/ product

Shoes = $10-$200+ / pair

Clothes = $10-$1oo+ / item

Nails = $2-$30 / product

Underwear = $2-$20+/item

Jewelry = $2-$100+ / item

Make up = $10-$50+/item

Exercise = $10-$40/class

Swimmers = $40-$100+ / suit

These items make up an average woman’s costing for presenting a culturally appropriate image to the world. SO MUCH MONEY PEOPLE! When you add it up, it is a little humbling. I have just included the basics here.

This is not a rant about silly women spending silly money on silly things but a bit of a wake up call. Living in an image conscious, wealthy area, this is what I see everyday. I also have a friend in Zimbabwe who struggles everyday to keep an abandoned babies home going and food on his own table.

When you have two completely different worlds to compare, you see how crazy it is to spend money on cosmetics and ripping hairs out of the nether regions. Money that could go towards giving little babies food, family and the simple presence of some one to cuddle them. It’s not a guilt thing but a sobering thought for the day. I just think that we get so caught up in our culture that we don’t stop to question whether it is right? Or where our money could be used for good, even if we don’t see the results in front of our face, or on our face.

It is a rainy, pondery day in the big smoke. A day to consider. If you have the vibe, the desire to give some money to a truly beautiful project, the details of my friend’s abandoned babies home in Zimbabwe are:

http://www.pittwaterchurch.org/missions.php

http://www.isaiahshomeoflove.org

Money makes a difference

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