The question of nature or nurture has been debated for as long as people have had means of argument. Taking advantage of a unique opportunity, an adoption agency that sent out a number of identical triplets and twins to normal families and scientists kept in touch with those children…
THE PYCHOLOGICAL WEIGHT OF POVERTY
A LOOK AT FORTUNE ON BEHAVIOR, SOCIAL MOBILITY AND SUCCESSFUL INTEGRATION:
The argument that had been accepted was that for those of less means to work much, much harmer and they would, in time, lift themselves up by their own bootstraps. They would then join a recognized and state accepted truth of the society of ease and har
“IT GOES HAND IN HAND,’ MILETUS SAID. “TO BE HANDSOME, AND ALSO THE WORLD CHESS CHAMPION.”
“IT IS GOOD GENES, THEN?” ASKED EMPETACLES ASKED.
“NO, THE WEALTH, BEING RICH AND EATING RIGHT. IF YOU ARE RICH YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.”
“Or at least your body.”
“But the psychological weight of poverty is being curable, but not being able to afford the little things that make someone comfortable in their skin. To lose a tooth, that is, is to be deformed, when $500 is the impassable hurdle between you and not having to live with a deformity. Or, as Juninia, she only sips at her oxygen tank – lest she run out of oxygen and be a debtor.”
“We should not have a society where children are marked by the roach crawling up the wall, the inability to enjoy the benefits of a free society. What benefits are there for thou, fourteen, both parents work at the mill, and he throws his ball through his hoop and dreams?”
Miletus says, “Dreams are cheap.”
“So is a meal a day and decent care. The poverty felt by the child with the dirty shoes and the missing teeth, the cheap coat, why is he less worthy of a good life than some distant and unworthy, by his actions of bootstrap picking or not, by any character judge and healthier, for he has a social safety net, that industry the family runs and manages together. They’re ghosts to those with better clothes who pass them like they’re not even there. Or worse, kick them as they pass or ham it up for th camera, giving them enough to earn some kind of perverted, self-mastubatory charity work.
“But the air is not free, not for someone who is scarred by the bugs that crawl on the walls, bugs that crawl along their psyche, the psychology of poverty is the sensation of deformity, of living and talking while covered and stained by the filth of your shame and desolation, It turns people into husks, who can afford to survive, but cannot afford to engage in anything that may constitute living.
“The poverty felt by the child with the dirty shoes and the missing teeth, the cheap coat, why is he less worthy of a good life than some distant and unworthy, by his actions of bootstrap picking or not, by any character judge and healthier, for he has a social safety net, that industry the family runs and manages together.”
What would you ‘ave? Let the State pay it all?
Let them pay in until the fucker should fail to realize his goals at which he may, if he is continuing to study and by that measure procure a job some day which, in the long term, will be paid back as he transfers into the work force. From servitude to father, to servitude to the field. Is there no one to serve, comrade?
“Thank God,” he said.
What is it for the trust fund kid to have his teeth fixed? Hit in the mouth by the very wind, he can replace his tooth. Shiny and bright he will smile again. But the poor child must now flinch when they smile, lest they expose themselves with every imperfection, every missed basketball hoop, every hail mary never answered is a phone call for the trustee, whose ancestors were great men; divested of their legacy by being the heritage of the witless. The witless think of poverty as something that must be fixed; to end it. Ending poverty would take out a significant lot of people; and there, without flaw or blemish – or humanity, or the reconciliation of the cut as it scars and scabs over in the reaffirmation of humanity,
We can speak then of the experiment that looked at genes behaving in different places at the same time; as an unethical study working with an adoption agency kept track of and made notes on the development and characteristics of the children. Their genes are identical but some live well, and some live rough. Some are cops, and some are crooks. Some of the rich became poor, some of the poor were rich.”
“That doesn’t mean that we should leave the destiny of man for chance, if we abhor it otherwise when it interferes with our plans; make for the orphan, and for the widow, and for the bum so he can get an 80s Camaro with a shitty radio. Live and let try; some do well to get by.
“While others get by so well they can literally own the jail, the labor mill for the return trip of the famous Railroad le Underground.”
“Repaying a debt is not the same is birthright guilt, and that’s not what I said; though we must not punish those who, by Jove,wind up in a position that they didn’t know they had chose, to be molded by genes, by their jeans and by bugs, by mean mugs and drugs and whores and liquor and weed, while the Polo shirt with the golf bag who drinks tea like a proper fellow and hunts the fox, the ineffable as they say, unable to resist chasing to kill the inedible.