Fundamental Economic Need

Fundamental Economic Need???

Do people make decisions based on fundamental economic need? Who do we hold accountable when persons are forced into desperate decision making due to a larger economic structure? I am referring to the gap between the rich and the poor...Has extreme poverty and hopelessness caused people to to feel desperate, resentful and assist in the cultivation of hatred? Can persons feel so trapped within poverty stricken environments that they will turn to illegal methods of economic gain...for whatever that is worth...prostitution, drugs, illegal gambling, etc...When we see our mothers and their children forced into impoverished conditions, I ask, "Shouldn't those in economic and political power serve all of humanity?" do agree that it comes down to "equal access & opportunity" or lack there of, as it seems to be...I also agree that everyones drive to succeed and even their measurement of what success is varies greatly. I am not sure if families in our modern society are able to develop this awareness as they once were. Families are not as they once were and the environmental conditions that some are born into are beyond what most people have ever seen or had to experience. The generational poverty that people are experiencing is causing, in my view, a desensitization to ones surroundings that brings them further away from any sense that there is a solution to the individuals problem. We should also note that living inside of these day to day struggles can easily become a breading ground for drug and alcohol use. Sometimes this is the only temporary escape that people find in their day to day living. These families I speak of are in such desperate situations and it is not enough for organizations to come into these communities and put a band-aide on the wounds of their inability to reach a higher standard of living. Sure its nice for nonprofits to help, it relieves some of the pressure, but it is clearly not the answer. If we are not able to go into our poorest communities and change the education system we are doomed. The failure will continue and it is our children that will suffer. If we cannot teach the value of economic empowerment and how this should be used to fight against an oppressive system, then again, we have failed. Welfare is a set up...not sure if it was originally designed to be that way, but I know currently it is a set up... I OFTEN hear people say that others don't want to come out of these conditions. I don't quite agree with this. See, we hand someone what WE can clearly see as a solution and I think this becomes a set up. The reason I feel this way is because they cannot necessarily view what we are presenting the same way. Poverty needs to be attacked from a holistic approach. This is how I see it...MIND, BODY and SPIRIT...I have my ideas on how this can be accomplished, but I don't wish to disclose them publicly for professional reasons, so forgive me if I sound a bit vague. Peace and Blessings... Peace to you...