Blossoming Countries by Kevin Flerlage
"Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle
In The Naval Treaty, Arthur Conan Doyle eloquently compared abundant life to flowers. However, his words also speak of those things "necessary for existence" before the abundance and beauty of life can be exposed.
Today, many countries still lack many of these things that are necessary for existence. There are some countries where only 6 out of every 100 people have access to clean drinking water. In other countries, nearly 40% of people are undernourished.
Due to the efforts of charities, governments, and caring individuals, this problem is improving and many countries are beginning to blossom. Let’s take a deeper look at where select countries are today and how far many of them have come.