2 thoughts on “The poverty mindset…

  1. Hi. I appreciate that you respected what i said, for i did not elaborate. Human disadvantage and world poverty is indeed a complex issue. One would be forever debating this topic but ill give it a try. Ok i live in a rich first world country, despite our European recession. Yes i am lucky. No one is hungry in my country. We get free money free housing etc. There is such a thing in my country called relative poverty. It is not abject poverty like two fifths of our planet lives in, but that too presents its own problems. I come from a comfortable family background.yes we prize third level education at its utmost but how would that explain that many of my family members are wealthy despite no third level degree?again, there are a myriad reasons for this i will try to elicit a few 1. Be the best at what you can be-have something to sell as the world is built on commerce. 2. Get up and WORK HARD-work so hard until your hands bleed. I realise that the above does also depend on the macro environment on which one finds oneself in. In relation to my comment about living in a rich country. You will notice that the top ten most educated countries in the world ARE rich ie. Canada, usa, s.korea etc. So their is a direct correlation between high educational levels and cold hard cash. Yes i agree the continent of africa is one rich in natural resources so why are people dying of hunger there? I could talk about the past colonial occupations and the present corrupt Governments but i dare say that is another day’s work. In my view there are two issues here one is political and one is moral. If africa is so rich in natural resources then why are their riches being misappropiated? This is simply a case of unequal wealth distribution. In my story i had to battle society’s stigma against people who parent alone and are on the lowest financial rung. This is why i prefer to relative poverty. I am not just lucky. I am hard worker and i have drive. How much of it derivers from nature or nurture i cant say. Several years ago statisitics for single mums on welfare in ireland were startling. As i have forgotten the exact figures i will tell you what i recall. There are approx. 160thousand single parent families in ireland. Of that, 80thousand receive state benefits. In my first college year, when i was 29years old,there were less than five hundred of ‘my kind’ in college. So i am a very unusual statistic. My parting question is if i am living in a rich country how come all of our sociallý and economically disadvantaged people do not take advantage of our great educational system? Caroline Casez.

  2. Production(creation) of Space.
    As you know most of the communities (such as Bengali or Tamils) in the entire Indian sub-continent are covered by ‘Culture of Poverty (hopelessness)’ (Oscar Lewis), irrespective of class or economic strata, lives in pavement or apartment. Nobody genuinely condemn or ashamed of the deep-rooted corruption in this society, decaying general quality of life, worst Politico-governance, bad work place, weak mother language, continuous consumption of common social space (mental as well as physical, both). We are becoming fathers & mothers only by self-procreation, mindlessly & blindfold(supported by some lame excuses). Simply depriving their(the children) fundamental rights of a decent & caring society, fearless & dignified living. Simply pushing persons for a nasty survival. Do not ever look for any other positive alternative values to perform human way of parenthood, i.e. deliberately stop giving birth to any child him/herself till the society improves up to the mark, co-parenting children those are born out of extreme poverty, instead. All of us are driven only by the very animal instinct. If the Bengali people ever desires genuine freedom from vicious cycle of poverty, need to involve themselves in ‘Production of Space’(Henri Lefebvre), an intense attachment with the society at large to overcome inherent ‘hopeless’ mindset, decent Politics would certainly come up. – SB, 16/4, Girish Banerjee Lane, Howrah -711101, India.

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