To Reflect And Act

The difference between the poor countries and the rich ones is not the age of the country.
This can be shown by countries like India & Egypt, which are more than 2000 years old and are poor.
On the other hand, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, those 150 years ago was inexpressive, today are developed countries and rich.
The difference between poor & rich countries does not reside in the available natural resources.
Japan has a limited territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture & cattle raising, but it is the second world economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw material from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.
Another example is Switzerland, which does not plant cocoa but has the best chocolate of the world. In its little territory they raise animals and plant the soil during 4 months per year. Not enough, they produce dairy products of the best quality. It is a small country that transmits an image of security, order & labor, which made it the world’s strong safe.

Executives from rich countries who communicate with their counterparts in poor countries show that there is no significant intellectual difference.

Race or skin colors are also not important: immigrants labeled lazy in their countries of origin are the productive power in rich European countries.
What is the difference then?
The difference is the attitude of the people, framed along the years by the education & the culture.

On analyzing the behavior of the people in rich & developed countries, we find that the great majority follow the following principles in their lives:
1. Ethics, as a basic principle.
2. Integrity.
3. Responsibility.
4. Respect to the laws & rules.
5. Respect to the rights of other citizens.
6. Work loving.
7. Strive for saving & investment.
8. Will of super action.
9. Punctuality.
In poor countries, only a minority follow these basic principles in their daily life.
We are not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was cruel to us.
We are poor because we lack attitude.
We lack the will to comply with and teach these functional principles of rich & developed societies.


At Wednesday, January 10, 2007 4:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

100% agree.

At Wednesday, January 10, 2007 10:54:00 PM, Blogger shades9662 said...

All sound's plausible but may be quite simplistic. You gotta remember that all these advanced countries had the same problems lebanon has now...

The question is how to make the transition, which is not discussed in the post (probably cos no one really knows the answer!).

Maybe it's because they enjoyed stability for longer... maybe that was because they were a more homogeneous society (no sects/factions like Leb) etc etc... who knows... maybe it's cos Christianity's interpretation as a religion is less restricting (in lifestyle) than Islam's impterpretation (which accounts for most third world countries)

Who knows...??

At Thursday, January 11, 2007 12:02:00 AM, Blogger Sasmen said...

I know it is not a complete article... but for sure i'm just exposing a good side of the developped world... there are many bad sides, but why we dont take the good things from them?
The unbelievable mixing of our population is something uncontrolable... we were born like that...
I guess what we need in Lebanon is not just to say,but to do and accept that we were and we will stay together... there is no way to evolute if every sect and religion feels herself in danger of extinction due to the other sect and religion... we dont need some trust but so much trust...


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