Providing everyone in the world with access to clean water
Providing everyone in the world with enough nutritious food
Providing everyone in the world with free, high-quality K-12 education
Providing everyone in the world with access to Western-quality health care
Providing everyone in the world with access to information and communication (e.g. the internet)
Bringing peace, stability, and safety to every part of the world
Bringing democracy and freedom to every part of the world
Developing a clean, cheap source of energy that could be produced and distributed anywhere
Developing an effective, efficient transportation infrastructure in all parts of the world
Other (please describe)
Just like with democracy, I think the causal link between water and stability is far stronger in the opposite direction. Lack of clean water is frequently a CAUSE of conflict, whereas conflict itself is rarely the primary cause of lack of clean water (although it can certainly exacerbate the problem). IMO, providing people with clean water is the most important because it addresses the root cause of many of the other things: For example, 50% of the global disease burden is caused by lack of clean water; poverty and lack of education are often caused by people having to spend the majority of their day gathering water from miles away; conflicts are often fueled by water shortages (e.g. Israel/Palestine, Sudan/Chad, Somalia, Pakistan), etc.
Last edited by Kandahar; 04-22-12 at 03:54 PM.
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Economic freedom is more important because most/all those other things will follow.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
the polar bears are disappearing
*puts on flak jacket*
I don't have a link but I am morally certain that the biggest problem facing humanity is people.
What a crock of **** most humans are. Just look around you. Sure, YOU are a fabulous human but look at the rest of these clods. It's just depressing.