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tsd715 August 19th, 2015 3:31am

Do people born into poverty remain poor because of laziness?

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SonofThunder peace
08/22/15 9:02 am

It could be many things, or any number of things.

steelcity Pittsburgh
08/21/15 4:18 am

I ride the bus to work. I hear people who are discussing life choices and exhibiting behaviors that will maintain their impoverished lifestyle and teaching that behavior to their children.

steelcity Pittsburgh
08/21/15 4:19 am

No I don't think they are lazy, I think poor choices are made because they were never taught different.

Similar to eating habits. If you aren't taught to cook, you eat crap all the time.

sea California
08/19/15 3:36 pm

I believe they remain poor mostly because of poor choices. Having kids before they are ready, not getting an education or job training, not seeking opportunities.

KudosToYou California
08/18/15 9:16 pm

Laziness can keep you in poverty or send you to it, but it's inaccurate to say all poor people are lazy, even as a generalization.

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TierasPet
08/19/15 3:58 am

I agree.

redleg65
08/18/15 8:36 pm

Loaded question: part of the reason some males stay in poverty is not the head on their shoulder but head down below. Having kids out of wedlock at an early age really makes it tough to get out of poverty. No family also keeps folks down.

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tsd715 New York City
08/18/15 8:38 pm

Agreed. Inadequate sex ed and access to birth control is a major problem in low income areas.

baylor98 Missouri
08/18/15 8:47 pm

I disagree that there is inadequate access to sex ed and birth control. Sex ed and birth control has been pushed through poor communities through school programs and Medicaid for years.

baylor98 Missouri
08/18/15 8:49 pm

Social programs are what keep the poor in poverty.

tsd715 New York City
08/18/15 8:50 pm

Yes, but many places still don't have adequate access to it. Many southern states still oppose sex ed even though they have horrific rates of STDs and teen pregnancies.

tsd715 New York City
08/18/15 8:50 pm

Though, I agree that, ultimately, it's the individual's responsibility to, well...act responsibly.

Ru12bseen Ignoring the Ignorant
08/18/15 9:08 pm

I've read all of these comments and one thing seems clear. None of you have been poor or have worked with the poor. There's a mind lock that starts to occur. You grow to expect no more than you already have. It's not achievable. It's hard to escape

Ru12bseen Ignoring the Ignorant
08/18/15 9:09 pm

that mindset unless you're given powerful tools and help to see that you can have and be more. The poor don't want to be poor. They often don't know how else to be.

baylor98 Missouri
08/18/15 9:14 pm

Actually your wrong, I'm actually currently poor.

baylor98 Missouri
08/18/15 9:18 pm

I also serve at my church handing out groceries and serving meals to the poor.

baylor98 Missouri
08/18/15 9:45 pm

Family of 3 with an average yearly income of $20000. At one time we didn't have income at all.