Week 2 part one

Week 2 part one

Question 6

Moreover, in China and Japan, the Buddhist emphasized on labor and skillful work that allowed the people to work hard and develop in all the areas. This led to faster social and economic development within the communities. On the other hand, the tradition of many communities in African nations majored mainly on the passage of rights that did not promote economic development. The African religion did not emphasize on literacy and skillful work which made the people continue in their original states.

Consequently, lack of freedom in the political sectors, cultural alienation, and religious rights had an impact on the development of various nations. The nations which had a high degree of freedom to exercise their democratic freedom to choose the right leaders and de-elect others had a chance to develop compared to other countries with lack of such freedom. Moreover, citizens of a given nation with freedom of worship had the opportunity to concentrate on their religious teachings that later transformed their lives through the moral precepts. The American countries and others were deprived of natural resources and other economic development fruits by the colonizing nations. Therefore, due to the absence of freedom and political independence, the countries colonized suffered to the source and end market of the western countries. Consequently, combining the factors, most of the nations in the world gradually grew into developing and developed nations based on the factors mentioned.

Even though colonization is held responsible for the current situations especially in the African and most developing nations due to political and cultural influence, it cannot be held worthy to change the current situation. Therefore, charity should be the norm of the day in reducing the gap with the western nations donating majorly to the developing nations. However, the developing nations should not rely entirely on donation and aid from the western nations but should strive to find ways that would transform the communities to become economically and socially successful.

Question 7

I don’t agree with the argument that developing nations should focus on the economic development first and then later check on the environmental concern later. The economic development does not have to compromise on the importance of environmental protection of the nations. I think that people should review their thoughts about sustainable development since it does not affect the economic development. Moreover, focusing more on economic development without checking environmental impact of all the activities is preparing for severe problems in the future. The environment is an essential component in the society that should be a priority at all cost and should be cared for since it can course drastic effects without solutions. Thus, with the absence of adequate environmental measures during economic development, the nations are actually digging a pit for the economic downfall in the future since drastic effects such as earthquakes, storms, and others environmental effects will sabotage the development and bring the nation to its original state.

I would take the argument as a pointless concern and lack of apprehension for economic development. This is because all the industries and companies in the line of production should have an environmental plan that will run to protect the environment from pollution. This media should be present before beginning producing the goods and services. It is clear that without protecting the environment, there will be negative health issues and consequences making the earth to be unbearable. The workers will not be able to work in the companies when they have health problems. It will be evident that the companies will not meet the actual target regarding output.

Moreover, taking the environmental concerns or issues will mean that the country will only respond to the problems when they appear. It is vivid that prevention is better than to cure, applying this scenario the impoverished nation will use more funds or even face drastic measures when the problems appear than it could have used to prevent the environmental issues. Therefore, it is possible to solve the environmental problems before making any move or step in economic development since that should be the starting point. For example, most of the nations in Africa today are experiencing environmental problems like drought because they prioritized economic development rather than sustainable development. Ideally, I will say that environment is life and is the source and route of every economic development.


Introduction: What Is Development “Briefing Notes on Key Findings From: ‘The Developing World is Poorer than We Thought, but No Less Successful in the Fight Against Poverty.’” The World Bank, August 2008.

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