Essay 23 – Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth

GT Writing Task 2 (Essay Writing) Sample # 23

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Present a written argument or case to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic.

Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations by providing such things as food and education? Or is it the responsibility of the governments of poorer nations to look after their citizens themselves?

You should write at least 250 words.

Use your own ideas, knowledge and experience and support your arguments with examples and with relevant evidence.



Model Answer: [Viewpoint: it the responsibility of the governments of poorer nations to look after their citizens themselves.]

Being self-sufficient is a gift that we should all strive for whether it comes to an individual level or for a country. Therefore, whether wealthy nations be required to share their wealth with the poorer nations is often debatable. My response to this debate would be a ‘no’, so the responsibility naturally lies on the governments shoulder of the poorer nations to look after their own citizens.

In my opinion, nations and individuals remain poor mostly because of their reluctance to explore into the already-existing opportunities and options to alleviate their poverties whether it comes to ensuring better food safety or quality education. In fact, if we notice carefully, we will find that some groups of citizens in the same country are way too more “privileged” than the other groups, allowing them to use more resources and facilities than they actually need or deserve. And, should that be the case, it is the sole responsibility of the government of that particular country to ensure a ‘fair and equal’ distribution of wealth among its citizens.

Besides, remaining dependent on other countries to survive will almost inevitably make a nation lazy which, in turn, will destroy the potentials of a country to prosper on its own terms and accords. So, again, it is the responsibility of the government of a particular country to inspire its citizens in order to make them more pro-active and innovative in their approaches to get rid of the “no-so” glamorous stigma of being a ‘poor’ nation. On top of that, the wealthy nations will eventually grow “tired” of helping the so-called poor nations because their resources will also get depleted at some points despite their best efforts and intention. And, once the wealthy nations see that their resources are depleting, they will be in no mood of providing help to poorer nations. In fact, it is just not the human nature to keep “giving and giving more” in return of “nothing” no matter how much wealthy an individual and nation really are.

In conclusion, it is the responsibility of the government and its citizens to “stand” on their own feet instead of seeking ‘help’ of others. Of course, we can always debate how the government and citizens of a country should go about dealing with their “poverty”, but, nevertheless, it is the responsibility of that particular country to meet the needs without the help of wealthy nations.

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