Monday, March 30, 2015


I love me a good fairytale (especially if there are ornate dresses involved) so I suppose I will eventually be seeing Cinderella, most probably when it gets on the cheap tickets list. But the idea of meeting your prince, and escaping poverty as a result, is not just a fairytale idea but a dream that is often born of harsh realities.

This article in the SMH shines a light on how the continuing gap between rich and poor in America leads to the kind of situation when a way out of poverty becomes not so much about hard, honest work but that kind of extremely lucky break that only a fairy-godmother can pull off.  I am guessing there are probably plenty of Australian statistics that might point to a growing gap here in the lucky country too.

If this is increasingly the case in modern-day America, how much more so if we pull back the lens to look at economic systems on a world scale. What dreams might a small girl born into poverty have for her future in a developing country rife with corruption and a broken political system in 2015?

The complicated situations that give rise to inequality are not solved in an afternoon.  However, Psalm 140:12 says "I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy." So that's the side you probably want to be fighting on.

A Cinderella world is not really very beautiful, despite the dresses. It's one that needs the grace of the gospel to redefine it's priorities.  But the fact that we cheer for the triumph of good over evil in this tale suggests that we still recognise injustice and we long for a day when the schemers and the deceivers get their comeuppance. The question is, how can we influence the real world to reflect that desire for justice, rather than just float along with the current?


Tasmanian said...

Cook and clean all day long, then meet the man of your dreams, then live happily ever after, where you... continue to cook and clean all day long, presumably...

Courtney said...

Great post, Deb. One advantage of living in Asia is we can see movies a lot sooner than at home in Aus (though they usually only show for a week!). So I took our 7 - year - old daughter to see it a few weeks ago - along with a dozen or so other expat mums and daughters. Going to the cinema here feels like a rags-to-riches event anyway, because the cinema and the mall it's in are so foreign to their surroundings. And then driving home, closing our windows as we crossed the river to block the stench of raw sewerage and thinking of the many people camped in the slum on the riverbank, with no fairy tale ending in sight, or even if they land a good job that pays well, choosing to stay there rather than leave their community.... There just aren't any easy answers! Thanks for raising the issue - and I hope you enjoy your fairy tale escape when you get the chance!

Deb said...

@ Tasmanian... not if you are the princess! ;)

@ Courtney... yeah, the fairytale is a long way from every day for the majority world. Didn't know you had a blog! Enjoyed a good read through this morning. :)