Many people suffer with the consequences of extreme poverty, particularly in the developing world. Religions agree that more should be done to help those who are suffering.
What is absolute poverty?
When you have enough for food and clothing but not luxuries
When you are not as well off as most people in your country
When you do not have access to basic human needs
Why are countries LEDCs?
They have a great income due to technology and industry
They do not have enough industry or technology to make a living for their people
They have a lot of natural resources that they can make use of
Why are natural disasters bad for people living in LEDCs?
These disasters create more natural resources that they can exploit
Other people do not try to help them after the disaster
They do not have any defence against these disasters
Why is being in debt bad for an LEDC country?
A lot of the money the country earns has to go in paying off the interest
The debt allows the country to invest in more industry
The country can buy weapons to defend itself
What is Fair Trade?
A movement to get decent prices for the growers of crops
A movement to get good profits for the large international companies
A movement that gets people working for as little as possible
Why can wealth be a concern for Buddhists?
People can crave for wealth so it can cause dukkha
Many Buddhists do not want to become wealthy and prefer to live a life of poverty
The Buddha was born a prince and was wealthy. Buddhists try and become wealthy to be like him
How does the life of a monk reflect Buddhist attitudes towards wealth?
Monks live a life of poverty
Monks own what they need to survive; they live a life of neither wealth nor poverty
Monks have everything they need; they live a life of wealth
What do Buddhists believe should be followed in order to reach enlightenment?
The Eightfold Path
The Four Noble Truths
The Three Universal Truths
Can you state the name of one important Buddhist charity which aims to relieve poverty?
The Sangha Charity
The Engaged Trust
The Karuna Trust
What is good about wealth for a Buddhist?
Wealth allows them to do whatever they want, whenever they want
Wealth protects them from suffering
Wealth gives them the means to be generous towards other people