a reply to: wantsome
I think people look unfavourably upon the poor for a number of different reasons, depending on their upbringing, education, and indeed, their
intelligence and ability to perceive BS.
If a person has been bought up well, then no matter the start they have in life, whether rich or poor, or somewhere in between, they tend toward
being more willing to empathise and gain understanding, than judge and ridicule. If they have not, then they tend to allow whatever biases were taught
their parents, to shine through in them, at least for a time. And why wouldn't they? So much of being a child is about learning to please ones
parents, to make them proud of ones efforts, achievements, of the person that one becomes over the years. Some children reach an age where they
understand that their parents may not be the font of reason that they could be, and start to modulate their own behaviour, according to what they feel
internally is a good idea. But a great deal of ones personal advancement, unless one is in unique circumstances, can be tracked back to ones parental
units, and their influence on ones philosophy.
Education also plays a part. If ones education is either so poor that one fails to understand the necessity of poverty, in order that capitalism
function at all (and it most certainly IS necessary for capitalism to function, that some of the people living under that system be destitute, believe
it or not), or of a high caliber, but biased against a proper understanding of the capitalist model, then one can easily gain the impression, falsely,
that those who are poor are simply wasters, absorbers of other peoples money, money that would be better spent spit shining the pavement, than on
those who contribute nothing to the system. Of course, the poor, and most notably the working poor (which, contrary to popular opinion, is most of the
poor) do contribute things to the system. They contribute a great deal, but in ways which are not big banner headline grabbers. They contribute a
great deal of the manpower in the military. They contribute a great deal to the workforce of cities and municipalities, they help business owners make
money, which then, theoretically gets paid in tax, as long as their boss is not creaming off the top to keep his or her tax burden lower than it ought
Intelligence plays a part as well, because intelligent people tend to see BS for what it is, rather than swallowing it whole and assimilating it into
their world view. Intelligent people see a fellow in a suit go to his cushy office job, playing putt putt golf in his room with a view for six out of
seven hours, and know instinctively that his time should not be worth nearly as much as the time that the fellow loading crates in the loading dock
downstairs ought to be worth per hour. He sees the woman with three kids, who gets them up for school, then works from dawn till way after dusk, at
three cleaning jobs and a fast food outlet, just to keep the kids in food, and knows instinctively that her time is far more precious and worth a
greater amount, than that of the tycoons daughter, who gets paid tens of thousands of dollars for secretarial functions she NEVER performs on his
behalf. The intelligent person knows that capitalism would fall apart without some people in poverty, and that the greater the concentration of wealth
at the top of the unbalanced food chain, the greater a number of people will necessarily be forced by circumstance to be in poverty.
He knows poverty is only the fault of those living in it, in relatively few cases. He knows that people did not move to tent cities because they did
not work hard enough. He knows that many of the runaway kids on the street are not there because they hated how comfortable their lives were before,
how much their parents loved them, how well they treated them. He knows that poverty is so rarely the fault of those experiencing it, but that it
serves the powerful to make the rest of society believe, suspect, or subconsciously have the notion that it IS their fault, that had they just worked
more and complained less, had they just battled through the arthritic damage to their bodies, or the paralysing injury to the neck, or the Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, or the PTSD, they could make something of themselves, even if their destitution was caused by sickness.