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What are the World’s Worst Problems?

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Eugene, OR
Haiti has caused me to consider lately the problems of the world. The crushing poverty and the corruption in Haiti made me realize how good our own country is and how lucky we are in comparison, but then I read the article in the link below about the 10 worst places to live in the world, and I realize that there may be many places worse than even Haiti.

Deciding what constitutes the worst place, depends on what would irritate and terrorize you the most. If you fear pollution above all else, Urumqi China would be the worst place in the world for you. If you think corruption is the worst, you wouldn’t like Somalia. If you value your freedom and hate dictatorship you would shun North Korea, If you are afraid to walk down the street, Iraq would terrorize you. If you are afraid of being murdered El Salvador would be the scariest. If you care about what your money can buy you would hate Zimbabwe with its million percent inflation, where you need sacks of money to pay for a loaf of bread. If you are a feminist you would hate Yemen, where women are the most oppressed. If you want a long life you should shun Swaziland which has the worst life expectancy. If you value education, Mali which has the lowest literacy rate would astonish you. If you think freedom of speech is the most important you would despise Eritrea where all private media is banned. If you are a pacifist, you probably think we should get out of Afghanistan which has a long history of war.

The world’s worst problems don’t have to reside in a certain place however. They may infect the mind. Many people think terrorism is the worst, but terrorism occurs in the mind of bad people everywhere. Some people think Homosexuality is the worst problem in the world. One preacher thought Nicolaitans who are Christian heretics are the worst problem. Some people think drug use, is the worst because it wrecks lives, families, and is the major cause of most crime.

Many people think the things that create the most deaths and human suffering are the worst problems in the world. How many millions die of malnutrition, poverty, disease, or pollution? Please look at the UN’s Millennium Project’s target goals on the second link. Do you share these priorities?

I personally think that many of these problems are interconnected. For example lack of education causes overpopulation, which causes war over land, resources, and food. Overcrowding causes, the lack of water, resources, and food, the lack of sanitation, and the spread of disease.
Overcrowding causes the decimation of forests and the elimination of wildlife.

For these reasons my vote for the greatest problem in the world is overpopulation.
The solution to the problem is education, especially for girls and women, and the availability of safe birth control devices, and prosperity.

I think the second most important problem is corruption. Many nations have the resources, but the food, water, medicine, oil, etc. doesn’t get to the people that need them the most because the powerful simply take it for themselves or sell it for profit. Corruption allows the powerful to pollute the land, cut the forests and kill off all of the animals. The solution to corruption is a strong government and a commitment to community instead of self. Instead of individuals controlling everything, the power and the resources should be controlled by teams of three people. The rule of squares means that two people are four times as hard to corrupt as one, and a team of three is nine times as hard to corrupt. In Iraq if a team of three controlled the oil, one Shiite, one Sunni and one Kurd, They would each distrust the others so as a team would be very difficult to bribe. They would think of the welfare of the country instead of their own faction.

World poverty would be my third biggest problem. All of the other problems, overpopulation, corruption, scarcity, disease, war, and greed, would all be lessened if not eliminated if everyone made a living wage. The solution is to give everyone jobs, and provide loans and micro-loans so businesses can get started. The rich nations need to give the poor countries a helping hand like America helped Germany and Japan after World War Two. They need to provide starter jobs healing the planet and building infrastructure. Once people have enough money to get off the ground with basic necessities, they can then expand into services and luxuries. The UN’s Millennium project is a good blueprint.

Coming in fourth, Water and Sanitation are tied together. More than a billion people do not have access to clean drinking water and two billion do not have access to even a basic latrine. Many of the cities in the world still just dump their untreated sewage in the rivers and then the next city downstream sucks it up as drinking water. As a result almost ten million children under the age of five die each year, most from diarrhea, malaria and other water borne diseases. There are simple solutions to this. Install safe sewage systems and water supply systems. In rural areas, simple and cheap water filters can save thousands of lives and prevent blindness and the other many other terrible consequences of parasites, and simple composting toilets can turn a liability into an asset. Water is disappearing due to global warming just as all of these additional people need more. Aquifers are being sucked dry. We need to do better at conservation, start replenishing the deep aquifers and harvesting rainfall with small local dams and household cisterns.

Energy, specifically fossil fuels would be my fifth greatest problem. Global Warming, Peak oil, and the dependence on foreign countries that support terrorists are the problem. Renewable energy and conservation is the answer.

Disease, pestilence, and pandemics would be sixth but could easily jump up to the number one problem in the world if something more virulent than H1N1 comes along. Universal health care everywhere and vaccinations to eliminate diseases like measles and smallpox are essential.

Seventh on my list would be education. Education especially of girls prevent overpopulation and increase economic development. Highly educated people everywhere are necessary for the research and development needed to solve all of the other problems. Computer access and televised remote teaching can bring costs down and provide access to more people everywhere.

Eighth on the list would be war and terrorism. Massive battles between equal forces like what we amassed during the cold war will no longer happen. We need to work more closely with other nations to weed out terrorists and use international forces instead of unilaterally trying to be the police of the world. We need to get to the root causes of wars and terrorism and win hearts and minds instead of just bombing our enemies into submission.

Ninth on the list would be the destruction of the environment and the elimination of species. Biodiversity and protection and replanting of forests worldwide will help offset the pollution we create.

Number ten on my list would be food production. We will have three or four billion more people to feed in the next fifty years, and the earth is just about at capacity right now. The productivity of the land is going down, oil based fertilizers and pesticides are becoming too expensive and damaging the earth. Irrigation water is disappearing, The oceans are becoming less fertile and productive, and all of this is happening just as we need food more. The solution is to turn to organic sustainable farming and fishing and we need to eat less meat.

So these are my priorities of the world’s worst problems. They will probably change hourly. What are your priorities and what are your solutions to what you think are the world’s greatest problems?
57 months ago: Great post--one of the best so far.

But I think that corruption and the power hunger that drives the greedy politicians to ruin our lives. Is the number one problem.

It is the base or true cause of all wars, and all poverty and everything else that follows.

Just think, we are losing more of our constitutional rights and liberties each year.

Our Constitution is the best in the world. But idiots have permitted its destruction, because they are too weak minded to protest its destruction.

Did you know this fact? read:

That on December 26th 1933 49 Statute 3097 Treaty Series 881 (Convention on Rights and Duties of States) stated CONGRESS replaced STATUTES with international law, placing all states under international law.

That under 22 CFR 92.12-92.31 FR Heading “Foreign Relationship” states that an oath is required in order to take office.

That under Title 8 USC 1481 states once an oath of office is taken citizenship is relinquished, thus that official becomes a foreign agent or entity, foreign agency, or foreign state. That means every public office is in fact a foreign state, including all political subdivisions. (i.e. every single court is considered a separate foreign entity).

That under Title 22 USC (Foreign Relations and Intercourse) Chapter 11 identifies all public officials as foreign agents.

That under Title 28 USC 3002 Section 15A states that the United States is a Federal Corporation and not a Government, including the Judiciary Procedural Section.

That the United States government is a foreign corporation with respect to a state.


Fight corruption and all problems go away.


Siempre Solo
Siempre Solo
Auburn, NY
57 months ago: As I see it one problem looms ominously over all the rest and it is this problem that is the cause of all the rest. Inevitably it might cause the demise of the whole Human Race. It is fortunate however that I believe the Bible to have prophetic words because it says G-d will cut time short in righteousness before we can destroy ourselves. So what is my number one problem? It is as you said, overpopulation. I don’t see one good reason why humans keep making more and more of ourselves? We destroy habitats takeover water supplies. We mold and shape the earth without so much as the least consideration to any other creature on the planet. We are killing them, the earth and ourselves. It is uncontainable and a most grievous sin of the highest order. It stinks to high heaven, causing repulsion to G-d and all the intelligent life that He has created that is watching us as a case study in what not to do. The solution is simple curtail our wasteful ways including reproduction on our own terms or nature or natures G-d will do it for us!
The Cypress Gang
The Cypress Gang
57 months ago: While much of your inspiring words in this post are probably realistic and credible. I also hate many of those things. I would like to see reversals to most. The question is how? Which leads to the hidden lurking

Number Eleven: American Conservatives, the root cause to all of the worlds problems. Get rid of them.

Great post otherwise.
Eugene, OR
57 months ago: While it was not my intent TCG you are right. If you look at the roots of all of the evil in the world you would find conservatives at the heart of the problem and you would have conservatives defending the most abhorrent conditions as the right of people to get rich at the expense of all others. Greedy conservative capitalists are responsible for all of the pollution, the disappearance of forests, most corruption,and they are also responsible for the lack of education and scarcity of birth control worldwide and the resultant overpopulation.
You are correct that trying to stop any of these problems in the world would be opposed by conservatives. Good call! # 11 it is then!
57 months ago: Al.

You're right on about the problems.

However, your solutions will not work.

For instance, respecting over population, you neglected to mention teaching Abstinence.

("Three" people controlling resources or governance. (Our 3 branches))

Your "living wage" in your mind is a fallacy. When economies prosper, wages prosper. Government intrusions harm economies.

Where did you get 10,000,000 children a year die?

Global global caused climate changes is a hoax Al. Give it up.

Universal health car is great so long as the government is not involved.

First, you want to cease all war. Never happen. Way of life Al. Secondly, you want to win the hears and minds of the world like Nevil Chamberlain wanted. It won't work Al.
57 months ago: As far as I have found out, most criminals hate conservatives and love liberals.

Sociopaths can come in any color, nationality and political type, etc.

The evil mind will always change or vote for whomever its agenda leans to.

And when a corrupt government gets involved in any social program, it will always seek to benefits those in power and their friends who donated to them.

The only way out is to stop corruption.

There are ways to do this. But until the masses want to take back their nation, it won't work.


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