What causes some people in America wanting to live in socioeconomic conditions that are
clearly detrimental to them?What makes people rationalize the positivity of impoverishment & being poor where there's no advantages nor benefits living in an environment of want,struggle, & scarcity?Give logical & analytical answers.Some purport being happy, living in substandard conditions w/poor nutrition, little or no medical care, &/or opportunities as far as developing themselves academically and/or intellectually goes. They are oblivious to the fact that poverty & being poor are aberrant socioeconomic pathologies that overall impairs people.
I've always wondered about this myself. I grew up in a decent home until I was 8 years old. Then, my mother divorced my dad who made a good living and provided a nice home for us.
She took every penny she could from him and her father and took my brother and I to a poor coastal community town where she proceeded to open a bar and then she became an alcoholic mom with 2 kids that she could not or would not support. We had to sink or swim at the ages of 8 and 6.
She deliberately kept us away from our father claiming that he didn't love us and wouldn't pay child support. She told him that we did not want to see him and she hid us from him.
I went from a "normal" life to a life in poverty in every sense of the word.
I followed the typical poor child life, getting into trouble, running away from home, being raped, nearly being killed, dropping out of school, etcetera, etcetera, blah, blah, blah.
After almost committing suicide, a physician finally got me on anti-depressants and I was able to turn my life around at the age of 22. I went back to school, got a career, and finally "grew up".
So, to answer the question, poverty and socioeconomic conditions are a trap that is very difficult to get out of.
Most of us need help and so few of us get it. And that help must come from someone in a position to provide that help. In today's society, no one wants to "get involved".
I just blame overpopulation. We are like rats in a maze. Only the fortunate survive.
Austin, I wonder about this also. There are people who actually glorify being poor & its pathologies. They purport that their life was "so rich." Either they possess inverse logic or they are in............DEEP DENIAL.
Yes. The worst victims of poverty r the children. I am glad u were able 2 get your life back on track because most are not that lucky. If people would take care of their little guys/gals, we might not have so many screwed up adults doing crazy stuff
Denial and ignorance. My biggest saving grace was that I learned to read at an early age and I am a voracious reader still. The best cure for anything is education in my mind. But you have to want to be educated.
The people I grew up with glorified poverty. They said poor folks will do better in the next life, while many rich folks would go to hell. Example: the parable of Lazarus and the rich man: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?s … e+16:19-31
Yours is the same story everywhere. Too many people just give up because they have no mentors, sophisticated social groups, and are burdened with stress and depression,.
There's a social leader whose philosophy is that poverty is a social disease, and must be eradicated. I can't find who it is, but here's quote from Confucius: "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of."
When I was growing up, I was taught we were poor, but looking back, I realize we weren't - not monetarily, anyway. This quote from Mother Teresa, "We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty" describes the type of poverty I and my brother experienced growing up, due to our extremely dysfunctional family.
"A mind is a terrible thing to waste!" This is poverty of the mind. Even rich people suffer from this. My father often told me that education is the ONLY thing that cannot be taken away from you. He was right.
Austinstar - your story is harrowing. I'm REAL glad you were able to use education to rise above your circumstances! In my case, my nervous disorder makes my job situation difficult, so choosing a career is not a simple matter.
What nervous disorder? Isn't there a pill for that? Sheesh, I have to take 2 handfuls of pills these days just to keep on living. Keep trying, you have to hit on the right combination.
Austinstar - I tried the pill route when I was in Seattle, with disastrous results, the least of which they made me FAT. Thank goodness I now live in a much mellower place! Menopause is also helping me towards that end - YAY!
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