PovertyCan Business Be Redesigned To Eradicate Poverty? Distribution of WealthCan Democracy and Capitalism Coexist? Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. 0 of 8192 characters usedPost CommentNo HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Good points, lmmartin. It’s my personal opinion that the lack of empathy you speak of often emanates from a severe lack of confidence — even fear — from those who are better off. The thought that they could lose their higher status and someday end up in poverty frightens them. I think it is the same fear that makes many in today’s struggling economy prefer to align themselves with the weatlthy rather than the poor or even the middle class. One thing I’ve noticed in American society, our cultural mind-set has little empathy or understanding for those who have “failed.” It is a mark of shame. After all, are not all men created equal?
No, they are not. We forget the weaknesses of our educational system, the power of connections and how they are made, the legacy of family fortune. We love our myths of starting out with the shirt on your back and dime — without ever wondering as to their legitimacy. When someone is poor, we assume it is their fault. After all, Steve Jobs did well. Or look at Bill Gates. We have come to consider poverty as a poor choice rather than a set of circumstances. And there lies the rub. The deserving poor is a comment oft made to suggest that some may be deserving of help, but in truth, we apply the thought of deserving poor as meaning they deserve their poverty. Certainly, they do not deserve our care, attention or financial assistance. Social Darwinism is resurfacing in our collective consciousness, though we rarely are honest enough to admit that fact.
Thanks for a great read. 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Thanks,Peggy W. Bing Crosby was a very self-effacing man. He was embarrassed, I think, when people threw compliments his way. I’ll just bet that you are a patient that everyone loves judging from your online demeaner. And hopefully you have not had to spend much time in hospitals or clinics. Bing Crosby would have so enjoyed your hubs! 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. White Christmas, every year! 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Thanks, Storytellersrus. Bing is the greatest! How I Lost My Fortune and Found Happiness,” Storytellersrus? Or “How I Turned Misfortune to Fortune? Every one of these men (always “men”) could light their cigars with hundred dollar bills and think nothing of it, while I wondered if I had enough for my next meal. I think there’s an almost Zen element to the “poor but happy” mindset.
Thoreau explored it thoroughly in his Walden essay. Although he was hardly an example of what Pat mentioned above. Personally I haven’t mastered it. We fall well in the middle of the middle class range (isn’t that what everyone says?) but find our footing slipping as the economy, inflation, gas, food, and most importantly health care costs skyrocket. This is hitting my family’s wallet in a very personal and painful way. My husband’s work is as a collections manager at a fine art museum, so he has more dealings with wealthy folks than the average middle class joe. It is an interesting place to be and observe the mindset of the wealthy. I think you could almost call it “entitlement” or “deserving.” Whereas the mindset of the poor is more like “non-deserving” or “non-entitlement,” but just my take. Rich Dad, Poor Dad isn’t journalism at all. I couldn’t agree with you more!