The solution for the so-called Term "Third world" countries.

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    The solution for the so-called Term "Third world" countries.

     

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    When I heard the Term 'third world country' it was always said as a way of offense to the listener ,in a way the speaker feels superior to the listener as if he wants to call names but in an indirect way,I decided to search what is meant by the term and why there is such classification for countries of the world.

    As I always know there is a  classification for people who live in the same society, the classification always goes to 'high class' ,'middle class', and 'low class' or the class of the poor who is looked at them as inferior to others .

    What I want to say that I have discovered that it is the nature of human to classify people according to what they have or to their properties,so going broadly there is also a classification to countries according to what they have so it comes the classification to countries to 'first world','second world' ,and 'third world'.

     calling the parts of the world we cover. Third World? Developing world? Global south? Low- and middle-income countries?

    Every label has its problems — and, as it turns out, an interesting back story. Here's what I have learned from talking to  many experts.

    More than half a century ago, the Cold War was just starting. It was Western capitalism versus Soviet socialism. But there was another group of countries. Many of them were former colonies. None of them were squarely in either the Western or the Soviet camp. Thinking of these three factions, French demographer Alfred Sauvy wrote of "Three worlds, one planet" in an article published in L'Observateur in 1952.

    The First World consisted of the U.S., Western Europe and their allies. The Second World was the so-called Communist Bloc: the Soviet Union, China, Cuba and friends. The remaining nations, which aligned with neither group, were assigned to the Third World.

    The Third World has always had blurred lines. "Although the phrase was widely used, it was never clear ,but Because many countries in the Third World were impoverished, the term came to be used to refer to the poor world.

    And it's always referred to  the First World is the best world in every way.  though It has pockets of deep urban and rural poverty, says Paul Farmer, co-founder of the nonprofit Partners in Health and a professor at Harvard Medical School. "That's the Fourth World," Farmer says, referring to parts of the United States and other wealthy nations where health problems loom large.

    So we decided we would not use First World or Third World, unless there is reason to do so — using another term which is does not have any kind of insult ,thinking about a proper term makes the term 'developing countries' sounds like it might be a better choice. On the surface, it seems accurate. We're referring to countries that need to develop better health care systems, better schools, better ways to bring water and electricity to the people. 

    So "developing world" seemed to be a good solution.  But as it is truly hard to satisfy people the term has been encountered the "developing" haters.One of them is Shose Kessi, a social psychologist at the University of Cape Town. In an email exchange, she took aim and fired: "I dislike the term 'developing world' because it assumes a hierarchy between countries. It paints a picture of Western societies as ideal but there are many social problems in these societies as well. It also perpetuates stereotypes about people who come from the so-called developing world as backward, lazy, ignorant, irresponsible."

    so what are the alternatives then? In my humble opinion such categories or classifications are from the perspectives of the colonizer or the rich who looks at other as inferior. I think it is not proper to classify countries and if it necessary to do , the solution is to come up with a classification that is based on data. That's how the World Health Organization categorizes countries. It uses the term "low- and lower-middle-income countries," or LMIC for short.

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