I wish for poverty to be abolished in every nation.
The first thing is to decide what 'poverty' means. You know what you think it means and I know what I think it means but, I suspect we don't agree on the details. The good thing is that someone has done it for us! The [wiki]Human Poverty Index[/wiki]. I suggest you look at the Human Poverty Index on sites other than Wiki as well. It is interesting because one of the things by which poverty is measured is knowledge - knowing things and being able to use that knowledge to work out the best course of action.
If you believe that God is either punishing or rewarding you, then there is no need for knowledge - you think you have enough "knowledge" - but what you have is ignorance - that is what keeps people poor.
There is another index too: this measures the percentage of people living on an income that is more than (IIRC) 20% below the national average income for that country.
This is useful because if we measure poverty by using the standard of "How does this country's average income compare to America?" we would find that, compared with Qatar and Luxembourg, all of America is in dire poverty. Do you think that Qatar and Luxembourg should provide Overseas Aid to the US?
Anyway, when you tell me what poverty is, I think we can progress.
Are we responsible for the world? Sometimes I think we are and sometimes I think we need to get our own crap sorted out before we can properly help other countries, for no other reason than it's the right thing to do; no oil necessary.
You seem confused here. Look what you wrote: Your question is, "Are we responsible for the world?" Your answer is either "Yes
"get our crap sorted out and then "Yes
"." So you do
think that the USA is responsible for the state of everything in the world?
That does not seem a very sensible outlook, does it? How can the USA be responsible when there are sovereign governments? Do you propose "regime change"? You know, "shock and awe!"
Poverty reeks havoc in every country. Losing a child to gun violence is just as sad as hunger, that is my overall point, please forgive the gibberish above.
Yes, there was a lot of gibberish. How is gun violence related to starving children in Africa?
sometimes I think we need to get our own crap sorted out...
One of the things that the superstitious tell you all the time is that "Everything is terrible and surely the end of days is upon us." Let me tell you, yes there are problems; there are problems everywhere - throughout history there have been problems everywhere - in the future there will be problems everywhere.
You see, our problems are relative to the standard of live we have been brought up to expect, and this brings us back to poverty. Poverty is but one of our problems. Poverty is relative.
To the African perhaps the problem is walking 5 miles for drinking water; for you it might be losing you car keys.