We just finished reading The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffery D. Sachs. It is an amazing book that explains general global economics, economic policies, and how it is possible to end poverty by 2025. Sachs does a great job of using common language and simple ideas to express his opinions and communicate his ideas. If you have any interest in global economics or the possibilities to end poverty, this book is a must read!
At the end of the book, Sachs discusses that the most important economic policy that will work directly to end poverty is personal commitment. To end the book, he quotes Robert Kennedy,
Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the worlds ills — against misery and ignorance, injustice and violence… Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation… it is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Jeffrey D. Sachs’ final line in this book represents everything we believe and echoes through our being. “Let the future say of our generation that we sent forth mighty currents of hope, and that we worked together to heal the world.”