October 11 2005
I like Thomas S. Kuhn
when he writes in “The
structure of scientific Revolutions”: “Led by a new paradigm
scientists adopt new instruments and look in new places. Even more
important, during revolutions scientists see new and different
things when looking with familiar instruments in places they have
present political paradigm in the world (under
the leadership of the
) is the market, economic
growth and economy in general.
It seems that people do not exist.
different has to happen. The present world
leaders are even incapable to give all children a
The report “Growing up in
” is written by the Child Aid Organisation PLAN see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4174012.stm:
million Asian children under the age of 18 lack access to either
food, safe drinking water, health or shelter. Of those, 350 million
are described as "absolutely poor", meaning they do not
have access to two or more of a child's essential necessities”. Financial
help is apparently not helping fast enough.
ever can top-leaders take the decision that the number of people
that live on less than one dollar a day should only be halved in 25
What about the other half? Why can’t poverty
be eradicated in 25 years? The UN
Millennium Development Goals are a shame for humanity because
they do not provide for all humans a decent life. In 2015 more than
a billion people will still live in utmost poverty – and many millions
of children will have died because they can’t get the
necessary food that is elsewhere abundantly present.
up in Asia” also states that in the so-called dictatorial
13 million of the 380 million children are deprived. In the
, 60% of all children were classified as "absolutely
poor", with almost half of all children under five
malnourished. The political system does not seem to be of any
By the way,
's Premier Wen Jiabao has called to slow
economic growth and help the rural poor because the increasing differences between the rich minority and the
poor masses threaten the stability in Chinese society. It is a small
change in paradigm. We wait and see.
Only when leading people
change their paradigm, change their way in which they see the world,
the inhuman situation that millions of kids continue to be deprived
of a decent life can be solved.
organisations as PLAN state that “this scale of child poverty will
have a serious impact on
's future prospects, unless it is addressed now”.
I don’t understand. The first point is not that
’s future prospects will be bleak but that the future of poor
people is terrible. People
are the most important thing, systems should never be first.
Good-willing people as the members of PLAN only try to soften the
most awful sides of our society while at the same time they support
the political paradigm that causes the continuing presence of
misery. People shall have to adopt a new paradigm that sets living
people over the dead economy. We need leaders with
a mind that fundamentally differs from the mind of present leaders.
Leading people will only change their paradigm on which they base
their decisions when they
cannot anymore continue their life in the isolated eliteworld
where things are quite different from the life in the massworld.
Only then they will put the interests of masspeople in first place,
now they first look at the situation in their own small, safe and
A new political paradigm
could be the goal to give now all children access
to food, safe drinking water, health and shelter.
To impose this new
paradigm I propose to invade the eliteworld so that elitepeople
cannot live anymore their privileged life. Then masspeople will get
so much confidence that they can reach a new world in which all
people will have equal status (and
children are never again deprived of basic needs). Both kinds of
people will change their outlook of life, in the words of Kuhn they
will change their paradigm. Only then new things can happen.
Yours truly, Joost van Steenis