Is there a commodity that the U.S. exports much more of than any other country?
Could our number one export be Compassion?
We are by far the most affluent nation on earth. Maybe a big part of that is our borrowing power but that is another post. I don’t know exactly where we stand as far as our supporting emergency relief efforts around the world but I hope we are close to the top.
- Compassion, at least by some of us,during others times of emergency is indeed noble. Whenever there is an earthquake almost anywhere in the world there are American teams there with their dogs to help find the people trapped in the collapsed building.
- And then there is the shipments of grain to starving countries. To watch those massive ships being loaded with thousands of bags of food makes me proud.
- Although “Doctors without Borders” was originated in France in the 1970s, today it has a very strong U.S. presence. Here is what Wiki says about it
In 2007 over 26,000, mostly local, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators provided medical aid in over 60 countries. Private donors provide about 80% of the organization’s funding, while governmental and corporate donations provide the rest, giving MSF an annual budget of approximately US$400 million.
Yes, I realize that the above could be accomplished by less than one percent of the country’s population but sometimes just a small percentage can affect how a much larger population is viewed. As an example of that just look at how Bin Ladin caused all Muslims to be viewed in a negative light by many.
There are those around today who insist that in order to meet our budgets these types of government-funded things must be eliminated, or at least severely curtailed. I hope that doesn’t happen. There are a lot of other areas that should be the focus of attention for budget cuts.
So, here I am the naive person that I am hoping, or maybe just dreaming, that much of the rest of the world view our number one export our compassion for others.
But what do I know.