The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #78659   Message #1423011
Posted By: dianavan
28-Feb-05 - 12:31 PM
Thread Name: BS: Why do we need poverty?
Subject: RE: BS: Why do we need poverty?
All of you have had very good things to say about this topic and most of it is true. When your basic needs are met and you have a healthy outlook on the possibilities in your life, you can break the cycle of poverty. Having said that, it takes the will of the government to open the doors for you.

I have found that many people who have never experienced poverty treat it like a disease. If they get too close, they might catch it. There are very few who have any compassion for the poor. Its another case of blaming the victim. As it is, society effectively isolates the poor.

Bobert brought up a good point regarding pregnancy and motherhood. At this time we focus on (or at least pay lip service) children living in poverty. I think the focus should be on pregnant women. If you have healthy mothers, healthy children will follow. Every pregnant woman should be given adequate food, shelter, medical care and education (including parenting skills). Given that, we might be able to break the cycle. At least it is a logical starting point.