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Everything else today has been fine. We're putting on a play talking about what it means to be a VISTA. Our new slogan is "I'll be your sunshine" We had long discussions about people turning their lives around because of one person.

In the 29 of us in our group, we all talked about poverty, causes of poverty, and how our own financial situation influenced our thoughts. We decided that poverty was the inability to provide the basic needs for yourself and your family: food, clothing, and shelther. We decided that poverty generally comes from growing up in poverty, and that its a continual cycle and goes on throughout time because people are not given, or are ignorant of the resources and education needed to have more money in their lives.

And out of 29 (the size of our Florida group), five of us had never lived in poverty. Five out of twenty-nine. I don't know why that is. Do people raised in the upper-middle class just not care about the poor/how to get people out of poverty? Or does the idea of helping others appeal more to the lower classes? Or perhaps are the people working in Americorps because it's the most money they can make (I doubt this one)? I'd like thoughts and opinions please.

Also, gmail is not working for me. And mail2web apparently doesn't support it. So I can't check my mail :(

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teenonfire4lord
Jul. 20th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
Do people raised in the upper-middle class just not care about the poor/how to get people out of poverty? Or does the idea of helping others appeal more to the lower classes? Or perhaps are the people working in Americorps because it's the most money they can make (I doubt this one)? I'd like thoughts and opinions please.

I think people in the middle-class do not see themselves as well off, but at JUST well enough. Many of them feel if they were to give any of their money to help someone worse off than them, that they would fall into the same situation. Even when you are WELL OFF, you feel like it's close.

Sean
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