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Seldom feeling playful or creative, my life is dominated by drudgery and struggle to provide necessities so I / my family can survive. This struggle often leaves me in a weakened state, but sometimes I pause and ask, “Are my / our sustenance needs being met, and are prospects good they’ll continue to be met in the future?” If the answer is no, then I must make changes. I fear the day when I have no choices, and death lurks nearby. (Note: poor people, especially those confronting injustice, may not accord people or nature the respect that they would if their lives were more rewarding.)

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a spade WV Theme...

...individual <---> nature

the theme is paired with: #24B Creative Expression  to make Choice #47    in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:   version 1.0   version 2.0 & 3.0        is this theme new to version 4?--NO

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 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

subsistence agriculture  Absolute Poverty has employment issues 
Hunger Homelessness livelihood 
Poverty Poverty Threshold Drinking Water
Squatting Economic Inequality

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#20A   Elitism    #26A The Consumerist    #26B  More is Better Mentality / Abundance #28A   Hedonistic Orientation
#43   Seeking Wealth & Power   #102B Easy-Going, Disorderly, Cavalier #202B Relaxed, Generous, Loving  

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #24: Struggling With A Basic Need: Sustenance

The FAO's Special Programme on Food Security (UN agency seeks to cut world hunger in half)
Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative  ("to build a multidimensional economic framework for reducing poverty grounded in people’s experiences and values")
Nomad Century--How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World by Gaia Vince (interview from NPR with author, August 27 2022)
Graphic detail world food –most of the world’s food is not eaten by humans (from The Economist June 25 2022)
Welfare in Poor Countries – Just Keep Us Alive (report from The Economist Feb 5 2022)
The pandemic has made homelessness more visible in many American cities (report from The Economist Aug 7 2021)
Hunger in the Arab World Feast, Fast, Famine (report in The Economist April 17 2021)
"Waste Pickers -- Down in the Dumps" (report from The Economist December 19 2020)

1 in 6 children lives in extreme poverty, World Bank-UNICEF analysis shows  (from The World Bank  October 20 2020)

"From Plague to Penury" (article from The Economist September 26 2020)
“Losing Hope in India”  (story from Time magazine August 31 2020)
“Covid-19 and Global Poverty” (report from The Economist May 23 2020)
Africa: Food and Climate--Feeding Another Billion   (report from The Economist March 28 2020)
Farming in Rwanda --After Subsistence, What?  (article from The Economist May 18 2019)
Sanitation in India -- Outdoor Defecation (report from The Economist August 19 2017)
"Eight People Have Same Wealth as World's Poorest Half" by Kim Hlelmgaard  (article in USA Today Jan 15 2017)
How the Other Tenth Lives (report on global poverty from The Economist October 8 2016)
Nigeria's Food Crisis (report from The Economist September 3 2016)
"Ending Energy Poverty: Power to the Powerless" (report about bringing electricity to the world's poorest in The Economist Feb 27 2016)
"Eradicating Disease"  (report on the battle vs. seven diseases incl. malaria, news leader piece from The Economist October 10 2015)
"Poverty's Long Farewell" (report on goal of ending poverty worldwide by 2030 from The Economist Feb 28 2015)
"The Real Hunger Games" by Trudy Lieberman (article on USA elderly facing hunger from The Nation October 14 2013)
"Migrant Workers and America's Harvest of Shame" by Ralph Nader (Aug 2 2013 article on Common Dreams website)
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat (Aug 30 2013 NY Times review by Deborah Sontag of novel about "Haiti's life or death struggles")
"Poverty--Not Always With Us" (article re ending extreme poverty by 2030, in The Economist June 1 2013)
"America Split in Two: Five Ugly Extremes of Inequality" by Paul Buchheit (March 25 2013 article on Common Dreams website)
With 50 Million Hungry in US, New Film Demands 'A Place at the Table' by Jason Kane (more about 2013 documentary)  
Hinterland by Caroline Brothers (more from author's website on this 2011 novel about Afghan refugees crossing Europe)

Four Ways to Help The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier (2008 TED talk)

The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier (read excerpts of this 2007 book at Google Books)
Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters by Robert Neuwirth (more on this 2006 book from Google Books)
Working in the Shadows by Gabriel Thompson (read excerpts from this 2010 book at book's website)
"Unclean Water Claims More Lives Than War" (March 22, 2010 story from Environment News Service)
A Question of Sustenance, by Gary Stix (September 2007 Scientific American article)
A Dollar A Day (devoted to "examining poverty in developing nations" and "raising awareness of the plight of the poor")
Human Development Reports (website of this UN program)
UNICEF ("for every child: health, education, equality, protection")
Survival International (devoted to helping tribal people defend their lives, protect their lands, etc)
The Global Poverty Project (devoted to "catalyzing the movement to end extreme poverty")
Africa--The Global Face of Poverty, by Moraa Gitaa (2007 article posted on G21 "The World's Magazine")
"Virtual Visit to the Kpawa Community of Togo" (share their struggles, dreams, daily routines--from Plan USA)
My Own Four Walls (a video about kids and homelessness, from the non-profit Hear Us)
Meeting the Health Needs of the Very Poor
Poverty Around The World
Poverty: Challenging the Myths
Poverty in Third World Countries   (photos)
Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research  (British university's project)
Poverty in South Asia, by Imtiaz Alam (Feb 2007 article posted on the One World South Asia website)
"Rescuing the Bottom Billion Through the Control of Tropical Diseases" by Peter J. Hotez (2009 paper)
"Poor Nutrition Stunting Growth" (Nov 2009 BBC report on UNICEF study)
"A Village Woman's Legacy," by Jimmy Carter (article by former president in Time March 31 2008)
"Blueprint Brigade," by Bryan Walsh (article about Engineers Without Borders in Time December 10 2007)
Children and Poverty (homepage of campaign by CARE, "a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty")
Pictures of Third World Poverty, Hunger, Starvation
"Human Rights: More Than One Hundred Million Homeless Worldwide", by Gustavo Capdevila (news report)
Living on $1 a Day, article by Xanthe Scharff
Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. (review of this 2013 book)
Personal Experiences of Homelessness
Nutrition and the Alleviation of Absolute Poverty in Communities, by Rainer Gross 
10 Things You Need to Know About Sanitation (about sanitation problems worldwide, from UN Water)
Poverty, Work, and Freedom by S. Rizvi, and D. Levine   (book review)
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (more about this 1998 novel in which an family transported to Africa wrestles with extreme poverty)
A Tree Grows in Booklyn by Betty Smith (1943 novel about growing up poor in America) 
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
Project Health (dedicated to "breaking the link between poverty and poor health")
Poverty Alleviation as a Business
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, by Jeffrey Sachs
Migration Policy Institute
quotes related to subsistence
quotes related to poverty
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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.