…but the good news is: compassion, like empathy, can be learned and- although actually experiencing a certain condition or state or trap (like poverty) is the quickest way to do that – even the comfortably well-off can learn to care about other humans in whom they have no interest (genetic, emotional – whatever) at all. In other words, complete strangers that can be helped if only someone cared enough to do so. And yes, if the problem is the human misery and suffering we call poverty then the solution ACTUALLY IS THROWING MONEY AT THE PROBLEM. Isn’t that obvious? We even define poverty in terms of income and cost of living, both of which equal A LACK OF $$$. Like, duh, right? I know that’s an oversimplification, but…uh…isn’t everything? The important thing is it’s TRUE.
So why aren’t we doing that, even here at home – in our own country and for our own fellow Americans? Because Washington only throws REAL $$$ at the sources of their campaign contributions and the powerful lobbies that control the votes of huge constituencies (‘special’ interests): the people who get them elected/hired. Not only do the poor and the working class not have the resources to contribute to campaigns, the perception in Washington seems to be that the poor don’t vote (unless they’re AARP members, of course- whose positions on these issues I tend to agree with, by the way), and the so-called ‘working class’ doesn’t even have the time to vote. They’re too busy working two minimum wage jobs just to barely stay afloat. Large monied interests can buy the time, and (unfortunately) frequently the votes, too.In the richest nation in all of human history isn’t that indefensibly unfair? How do some of these people reconcile that unfairness with their purported religious beliefs (WWJD?) Unfairness is undeniably ungodly. Unfairness sucks (and well, I hear; so get in line).
- Poor People May Be Quicker to Be Kind (joeydavid.me)
- Poor people quicker to show compassion to those in distress than the rich, researchers find (victimsofatoscorruption.wordpress.com)