In a world where time can be traded for money, what do you choose to value more?
The pandemic gave all of us more time, and some have chosen to become “time millionaires”, measuring their accomplishments by the time they have rather than the money in their bank accounts. Interviewed “time millionaires” have said that they are happier now, even though they may have less income.
Though going to work isn’t a choice for some low-income employees and business owners, this change in the way that people see their time, could influence our view as a society on whether time needs to have capital value.
In a unique response to displacement organized by Patricia Guerrera, The City of Women has evolved to be a community of strong women activists.
Property rights serve as protection for women in Columbia where typically a house is owned by their husband and then inherited by their sons. The main purpose in organizing the City of Women was to create homes owned by women.
Beautiful houses built by women once homeless and without their own property, now serves as an example for rebuilding efforts in Columbia after the Civil War that displaced millions of people.
Kindness seems like such an absurd concept to study. It just happens spontaneously, right?
Research is discovering the patterns that affect whether an individual is likely to make an act of kindness and how it makes them feel. Scientists are finding that being kind can improve one’s metal wellbeing.
Future studies could determine the different ways we experience and show kindness as well as what situations encourage us to be kind, and in what environment we would be less likely to pay it forward.
Would a discovery about something we all have personally experienced, like kindness, change your perception of it?
United Nations outlined possible causes to the major crises humanity has experienced and the connection that could exist between deforestation, extreme weather, natural disasters, and the pandemic. The major causes at the root of these global issues were determined as climate change, economic rules, and nationalism.
If progress to resolve or improve these structural problems is made, the destruction described by headlines worldwide today would likewise decrease.
Is the undertaking of such major issues possible? What is the next step to solve and address these challenges?
Workers immigrate from all over Europe, especially from countries with poor economies, to start a new life in countries such as The Netherlands, England, and Italy. Meat plants employ and have been taking advantage of such workers called “precarious workers”.
They are unable to work elsewhere due to the language barrier, and endure incredibly demanding and dangerous work while being drastically underpaid. These workers also have trouble comprehending all agreement contracts, to the advantage of the meat plants that are not held accountable of work injury, mistreatment, or other concerns that may presented.
Due to the rising demand of poultry, these slaughterhouses have utilized the migrant workforce, all while making profit. Perhaps the reason meat plants still have employees, especially immigrants, is the lack of other job opportunities.
JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T SEE IT, DOESN’T MEAN IT DOESN’T EXIST!
Low-income neighborhoods and countries are struggling to recover from extreme weather. While richer countries can afford solutions for relief and prevention, people living in low-income countries endure the hazardous environment and risk losing food, housing, and their future income.
Is the current destruction of economies worldwide enough to make wealthy countries take action? Will current energy consumption and hazardous gas production remain unchanged and unregulated until climate change starts to decrease profit?
The Diversity Visa has been a valued pathway to U.S. citizenship. Though 55,000 winners were selected to receive Green Cards in 2020, their claims to immigration remain uncertain. Due to multiple factors, the lottery winners’ efforts could go unrewarded.
The decision will impact those living in unstable and dangerous situations most. Conflict in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Haiti, among other countries, motivated many to apply for the Visa this past year. Many risk life-threatening danger, if their home country’s government does not support the United States, for winning the lottery.
Due to multiple reasons, the Diversity Immigration Visa winners of 2020 may not be granted immigration rights to the U.S.. As winners await the decision, only two days are left until the deadline, and at the time of writing, no conclusion has been published.
Though it is banned, European countries continue to export weapons to countries at war, due to the lack of regulation. Europe’s defense industry makes billions in profit from these sales while fueling conflict in Africa and the Middle East.
Without repercussion and regulation, it is a moral battle with government profit at stake. Should countries be responsible for destruction caused by weapons after they are sold to other countries? Can these European countries be recognized as accomplices?
Many anti-violence and peace organizations have protested and spoken out about this issue. However, perhaps even if European regulations become harsher, countries in need of defense will find other exporters.