Today, Quantum Sunday explores pacifist Muslim Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the inventor of micro-credit, the Banker to the Poor. Dr. Yunus points out that a world without poverty becomes a world without violence. In his quest to, “…end poverty one person at a time,” Dr. Yunus has won the Nobel Peace Prize and been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The polarity of wanton greed and abject poverty is the world model we now live in. Mother Teresa put it quite simply, “We have poverty because we don’t share.” Gandhi put it more boldly in saying, “Poverty is the worst form of violence.” One must ask oneself, would we have war in the world were it not for the desire to obtain what others have, their resources, their strategic positions in the scheme of global power and positioning? War creates, in addition to death and destruction, the far-reaching conditions of displaced families, refugees, disease, hunger, starvation, and abject poverty as people struggle without clean water, without electricity, without proper medical conditions, and without enough food to feed their families with. These conditions often create trends of poverty which can last for generations. Poverty, indeed then, is the worst form of violence.
Dr. Yunus, however, takes a positive, solution oriented look at this overwhelming world condition and brings the world a simple solution: micro-credit.
Learn more and discover how one pacifist Muslim, through his observation (quantum term) of a serious problem, has produced a serious solution with phenomenal results.
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How it evolved, in his own words:
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