January 28, 2016
Nicholas Kristof argues that in 2015 people have become "the socially rigid society our forebears fled, replicating the barriers and class gaps that drove them away."
Nicholas Kristof talks about the fact that people who live in a low income family will grow up in the same low income. There are only a few cases in which people who come from a low income family will strive to be in a higher income. People are only in an upper class because of the wealth that their family is currently in. I believe that people are only "as good" as they strive to be. If you were raised in a home of drugs and alcohol with no reinforcement, you might as well grow up to be like that. There are only a few of people who go in the completely different direction and want to have a life of success and achievement.
Nicholas Kristof talks about an old friend, Rick Goff, who practically raised himself. He was the very few people who grew up poorly, without finishing high school and used his work success to help other people. People who are rich, are rich, they don't want to help other people in need they want to help themselves with making their societal rating go up. The people who have less amounts of money find happiness in themselves and their family, they want to help the people in need.
Children in need are the ones in a home of no help, a child in poverty. As Kristof states, "Now, that's what the presidential candidates should be discussing." Children who are living in poverty are not experiencing the opportunities that they should be. Our society is growing up in the ways that "our ancestors" lived in. Today's people are highly determined by the way that our beginnings starts; without them, we'd be nowhere.
Questions/Comments/Point To Share:
Even though this article was published last year, the concept is still there. The fact that the stats are so high on low income families and poverty are crazy. Why is it that our future is based on our past? Why is it that children still do not have the opportunities that they should have? Why are people so ego-driven that they can't focus on the real matter: the children in need.