Sleeping on the city streets

Sleeping on the city streets

Is it by Mistake or Design?

It ain’t no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be.’ -Kin Hubbard (American Humorist)

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America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor. Our Nation conditions its citizens to detest the lower class.

It is, in fact, a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions and tales of poor but sagacious and virtuous men; these men are more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor, and they mock themselves and glorify their betters. The meanest eating or drinking establishment, owned by a man who is himself poor, is very likely to have a sign on its wall asking this cruel question: “if you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?” There will also be an American flag no larger than a child’s hand – glued to a lollipop stick and flying from the cash register.

Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many untrue things. Their most destructive untruth is that it is simple for any American to make money and succeed. Few Americans acknowledge how hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and judge only themselves. This inward blame and humiliation have been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for the poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say, Napoleonic times. Many novelties have come from America. The most startling of these, a thing without precedent, is a mass of undignified poor. “They do not love one another because they do not love themselves.” — Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse-Five)

Only 4% of people born into lower and middle-class families will ever make it to the upper class? Doesn’t that put a damper on “The American Dream?” America built the structure of society upon the platform of inequality, and this is by design. In eliminating inequality, the structure would collapse, and it will take a miracle or a revolution to change.

(Inequality creates{poverty) creates[inequality} creates (health issues] creates{poverty) creates [deviance} creates (crime] creates {inequality) creates poverty.}

Attempting to find the correlation to and between each social issue sends thoughts on a roundabout loop whirl of a ride, but the one issue that remains constant is inequality. Together we just performed, root-cause-analysis, perhaps now, we can find a solution.

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