Saturday, February 18, 2012
Blaming the messenger (#1114)
Today's post is about poverty and it's effect on the one's who are in it and those who perceive the one's who are in it. It is always a great advantage not to be trapped in the never-ending cycle of poverty. Certainly there are ways out of poverty and many have found those ways, however, those ways are not straightforward nor equally distributed. The problem is that the great amount of people in poverty can be overwhelming for those who see poverty as a stymied reality. Instead of working to alleviate the roots of poverty, many have chosen to blame those who are trapped in poverty for their own plight. This is the effect of ego and the danger here is that ego will not allow understanding to be part of the solution. Ego, will instead demand that humanity be judged by it's ability to provide an accountable worth, regardless of humanity's circumstances. Ego has no heart nor compassion for others, so allowing ego to determine the outcome of human frailty is a cold and ruthless endeavor into declassifying humanity into greater or lesser values. Now that may seem to be just in the world of elitism, however, most of us do not live there. We are not privileged through nepotism nor patronage, like most elites have experienced. I have tried very consistently to remind everyone who would read my blog posts that our natures consist of compassion, curiosity and survival. Granting that I am right, then not being in compassion and allowing ego to determine the worth of our society and the values it creates, is a step away from who we are and not in line with solving any problem that deals with all of our humanity. Poverty is the direct result of unequal economics overpowering democratic ideals. When we are able to live within our natures with the purpose of heightening our compassion, then we will quit blaming the messengers who tell us they are poor and instead of blaming them we will actually put our ego to rest and begin to work on solving the problem of poverty.