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Why do poor people get only what's left?
(07-25-2013, 07:33 AM)African_weasel Wrote: Hey guys, I've been think why the poor and less fortunate seem to only get what's left if any. Why is this?

Because in order to compete for the limited amounts of things, you need to have the power or cunning to beat others and get to it first/secure it from being taken from you. It's scarcity. Scarcity sucks.

(08-08-2013, 01:24 AM)African_weasel Wrote: I also feel that the poor are really easy to take advantage of.

I'd say that's because of desperation, lack of information, and constant discomfort. I read an article somewhere that said that the way that people think about poor people isn't really right (that they're all just bad decision makers and are being rightfully punished for it), but that being poor actually affects the way you make decisions. It affects how you think and perceive things, and this tends towards making choices that benefit you in the short-term, because they feel like in the long term they will just lose everything anyway and in some cases, they'd be right. It literally makes it harder for people to see the "right" answers.

It's really a complex issue and it always makes me angry whenever I see people oversimplify or twist it to fit their narrative of addiction, "bad decisions", or how they need to "suck it up" or "pull themselves up by their bootstraps", basically that everything is the individual's fault because they are stupid, wicked, lazy, or fundamentally inferior, and that the invisible hand of Darwinism is just weeding out the weak, and it should. It's true that you can go from rags to riches, or at least rags to being "just OK", but I also feel like the system we live in isn't that great (even though a lot of alternatives aren't either), and where you're born into it does matter.

I also don't like how it locks you into certain paths - what if you discover that you're a better fit somewhere else? Or something else is more suited to your goals? And I don't like how it favors some personality types over others. It favors people with cunning and always scheming how to get more power, instead of people who are more curious, or like to take their time to think about things.

I'm also a strong believer that in order to call ourselves a civilization instead of just the law of the jungle, there should be some minimum "floor" of sorts that people aren't allowed to fall under. Like everyone gets a home, food and water, medical care, electricity and indoor plumbing, and a decent education that allows you to do something with your life and be self-sufficient. I don't know how this could be done, but I do feel like it's possible, and I feel like it should. I don't think it will promote laziness either, because I think that even if you make the minimum more comfortable, eventually people will want more out of boredom. I think it could work, but we just don't want to try it yet.
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