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Taking too long? Try again or cancel this request. People from lower classes have fundamentally different ways of thinking about the world than people in upper classes—a fact that should figure into debates on public policy, according to the authors. Piff of UC-Berkeley. People who come from a lower-class background have to depend more on other people. This causes differences that show up in psychological studies.
When poor people see someone else suffering, they have a physiological response that is missing in people with more resources. Of course, there are also costs to being lower-class.
Health studies have found that lower-class people have more anxiety and depression and are less physically healthy. Upper-class people are different, Keltner says. They hoard resources and are less generous than they could be. The ability to rise in class is the great promise of the American Dream.
But studies have found that, as people rise in the classes, they become less empathetic. I was born in lowest of class in the Bronx. I did the logical thing, education and hard work while my friends chose to take the wide and easy path of the subculture.
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Today I am a wealthy man, proud of this country while they are still hanging around the same neighborhoods, same poverty, same attitudes, same desire of just existing. In fact some are actually proud of their ghettoness. How and why to strive for greater things instead of feeding pride for the getto.
Make welfare conditional, give them a reason to want to move forward and a clear path. Just giving people stuff is actually destructive to the human soul.
Your comment is very powerful, the school system needs great thinkers like you to educate the poor thinkers. Where will this education reform come from?
I believe giving back means that since you did in fact, benefit from this society, so give back to those who happen to be less fortunate. I think giving back is more than just monetary. Even food stamps for the poor to eat have been cut back recently by Republicans. Public assistance in the US is much lower than almost every one of the 28 European Union nations. They all guarantee health care for everyone including the poorest.
Most provide child care and housing assistance so the poor can rise up out of poverty. So those with the most end up hoarding resources while poverty and poor health are on the rise.
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