The Natural Law out of Underdevelopment 

Economics comes down to common sense. Common sense exists because life and many other natural events follow a predictable pattern based on the natural laws in place. The Creator, according to one famous preacher, does not have to impose judgement. The latter was built into the natural and spiritual laws in place. Conformity to these laws attracts and activates benefits, while non-conformity attracts and activates judgment.

Moving society out of poverty and underdevelopment does not just happen; there is a natural law that controls the process.  Conformity to this law guarantees an exit out of underdevelopment, regardless of which society in question, its internal contradictions and external impediments. Conversely, non-conformity to this law condemns a society to perpetual underdevelopment regardless of its blessings and opportunities.

How it functions

To understand the natural law out of underdevelopment and how it functions, imagine cooking food for a big number of people using the traditional African method of three cooking stones. The food is prepared in an oversized sauce pan, covered well, placed on three cooking stones and firewood lit under (Illustration 1).  The food gets ready in a relatively short time and almost everyone gets served. This illustration summarises the process that leads society out of poverty and underdevelopment, but also the natural law that controls the process.


Food represents the country’s economy. Fire symbolises energy that the country’s leadership and entire society expends in the effort to move society out of poverty and underdevelopment. The three cooking stones symbolise the three development pillars, namely (i) Knowledge (ii) Skills and (iii) Right thinking for the country’s development. It is on these pillars that a society must stand in order to move out of poverty and underdevelopment; they comprise the natural law out of underdevelopment. Indeed, it is to obey this natural law that education became a prerequisite to transforming society socio-economically, but also to sustaining the transformation. Non-conformity to this natural law attracts consequences, as sub-Saharan countries clearly demonstrate in the next article.