poverty

Posted on January 24, 2017

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… until one walks in their shoes, one cannot imagine.

If one cannot imagine, one cannot understand.

What one cannot understand is feared, and fear creates stories in the mind;
stories unconsciously designed to ease fear and create comfort and security
among those that partake in privilege and can tell themselves they are comfortable and secure;

thus washing the hands of those that the stories in the mind have made invisible and without voice.

Poverty is a complex issue and is equally destructive to the poor as to the rich; creating a when-i-give-food-to-the-poor-cy12353poverty within.

  • “Oppressive reality absorbs those within it” (both the oppressor and the oppressed)
  • It “acts to submerge human beings’ consciousness.” (both the oppressor and the oppressed) (Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed)

Poverty exists on many levels and cuts across every citizen in America.

Everywhere I turn, I see a poverty…
of money (and resources)
of meaning (and purpose)
of relationships (and community).

Possibly the greatest and most destructive poverty exists among those that have the most resources and privilege because…

… until one walks in their shoes, one cannot imagine.

If one cannot imagine, one cannot understand…

… and yet we think we “know”

Check out “It is Expensive to be Poor”  http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/it-is-expensive-to-be-poor/282979/ 

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