Poverty: What It Is
Before begging this bag of websites, let's try to understand what poverty is and how it plays a role in our globalized community today. Poverty, at its essence, is living in the lowest form of life. Poverty are the people as skinny as sticks, the men and woman who literally lives off money somebody else gives them. Poverty is something that destroys the human ability. Due to poverty, millions of men and woman, both children and adults, die as a result of hunger. This is drastically seen in the Great Depression, when people amassed in Hoovervills, living in boxes and owning only the shirts on their backs.
People, throughout history, have experienced poverty. Every few generations have had to live on the streets, battling the elements. If these people experience it so much and see that their lives are going to keep on going downhill, they give up hope. They become extremely stressed because no matter what they do they remain in this ditch, and the more they try the deeper the ditch becomes. Once the people of poverty realize this, loneliness encroaches them, and they feel like they have nothing worthy to live for. In the Great Depression the people of poverty may have been in the mass, but each was on their own. Each person, in their own mind, was worse off than the rest of the people. For this, each person became only interested in their own affairs. Nobody cared for one another because they were too preoccupied with caring for themselves. This is what poverty was in 30s America. Today, in the poorest of poor spots in Africa, the men and woman in the villages care for one another. There bond is so close that each individual cares for one another. These people in Africa have deep human compassion. When one falls, they all lament, when one recieves food, they all share. It reminds me so much of Aladdin. In the first part of the movie, he steals a loaf of bread. If he was an American during the 30s, he would have just scarfed it down, but because he is compassionate and sees two children who have no family and are sitting on the street next to him have no food, he gives them half of the bread.
I think another devastating thing about the 30s was the effect it had on the working class. Yes, now I'm actually talking about the men and women who had jobs. This mass poverty must have driven them out the wazoo! Not only were they struggling to keep a stable job, but they had hundreds of thousands wanting that job. It must have been stressful on them that they were on the verge of poverty, that if they screwed up one little thing they could be out of the job and on the street, and that there were plenty of people in necessity of that job. It just goes to show that poverty can reach anyone and everyone.