Poverty

What creates poverty?

To know what creates poverty we must first know the definition of the word poverty. According to Dictionary.com, the definition that best matches the type of poverty being discussed is ” the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor.” Now knowing the definition of poverty, I can say what may cause poverty. Poverty can be caused by the inability to work due to an illness which would prevent someone from working in order to support their family. Poverty can also be caused by a lack of jobs like now. If a person cannot find a job, then they will not have the means to support themselves after a certain length of time being unemployed. This leads us to our next question:

What are the effects of poverty?

For one, being poor can cause one to have a mental breakdown due to the stress of trying to survive with what they have and trying to find a job that  help that person so that they can live with the basic needs or that willre-employ said person.This causes a viscious circle because,as mention earlier, mental illness can make it difficult to get a job. Also, having too many people that live below the poverty line (which is determined by the average income of people) will cause the economy to slowly worsen, as less people will be able to buy products to support the economy. So, the final question is:

How do we stop poverty?

That question is not as simple as it seems, as there is not definite way to determine how a certain plan will turn out in the end. However, one way to at least reduce poverty is to lower the amount that it costs someone to buy the necessities, such as food, a house or an apartement, cars and gasoline. This is not an easy fix though because the prices for the necessities mentioned are controlled by the markets and cannot be changed just because we need them to.

As John Lennon Once wrote:

“Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all of the world”

  Feel free to  listen to this song and to take some time to think about our world today. The link is included below(the version posted is the version done by the late Eva Cassidy):

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Community

   What is a community? Well, in my opinion, a community is a group of people who are a part of something. A school or a work place  are types of communities. What does it mean to be part of a community anyway? Is it just that we get to be part of something bigger or is there more to it? Being part of a community can make you part of something bigger depending on what community you are a part of. Just being part of  a community (ex: your neighborhood) doesn’t really change much unless some one (maybe even you 🙂 ) does something about it. However, if you are part of a community that helps other people (an organisation is a good example) then a community will make you part of something bigger.

   Why don’t we expand on this subject a bit more by asking “what does it mean to be a citizen?”. So, what does it mean? Well, I think being a citizen means being a part of and  living in  a country or town. But does being a citizen mean that you have  certain obligations or responsibilities? Yes and no. Yes when you’re a citizen you have to pay taxes and such to stay a functioning part of your country. Yet even if we were to be a homeless man (or woman) on the street with out a penny to their name, they would still be a citizen of a country as they were either born their or decide to become a citizen of that country by immigrating there.

   The important question to ask is do we have rights as a citizen? If so what are they? Firstly, everyone has the right to be treated equally and with respect whether they give to their town or country or not. We also all have the right to security and help if we need it (financial aid, homeless shelters, ect.)  as citizen. Unfortunately, sometimes these basic rights are not given. As Patch Adams said, “We can never get a re-creation of community and heal our society without giving our citizens a sense of belonging”, meaning that all people need to be treated with respect in order for them to want to be a  helpful part of their community and their country.

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