The Mental Strain of Having Less - Hunger Part Deux
This is a continuation of the thread started by Pidge.
Just coincidentally, this morning I read an article in the New York Times Business section by the co-author of the book, Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much in which he writes that his co-author and he found that:
"Some people argue that the poor make terrible choices and do so because they are inherently less capable. But our analysis of scarcity suggests a different perspective: perhaps the poor are just as capable as everyone else. Perhaps the problem is not poor people but the mental strain that poverty imposes on anyone who must endure it." His studies show that IQ lowers when one is stressed, be it lack of sleep or lack of resources .
In the same NY Times, in the book review section, is a book, The American Way of Poverty by Sasha Abramsky, which is also thought-provoking. Mr. Abramsky states that poverty is less a "tragedy" than a "scandal" which is the result of decisions taken or not taken by political and economic leaders and accepted by voters. He states that whether poverty "is caused by dysfunction, of the dysfunction is itself a product of the poverty, or, as is likely, the dysfunction and the poverty interact in ever more complex feedback loops, for the larger community to wash its hands of the problem represents an extraordinary failure of the moral imagination."
I have linked this review to this post and urge people who would like to actually educate themselves about poverty to read both the Business section article and the book review.
And, IMO, if people could work at one job (where's that long promised jobs bill?) and make enough to support their family, which would mean raising the minimum wage, we'd probably wouldn't be having this discussion.
Here is a link that might be useful: Poor in the Land of Plenty