Our culture distorts the nature of various forms, one of which is to generate norms, prejudices, legends, which stimulate the enrichment of a few without taking pleasure most.
- The poor people are the most dan (goods, money, time).
- Those are the most stingy, greedy, selfish and petty.
These two statements are characteristic of our species. With varying degrees of conviction, are spoken by almost everyone.
This fact of life may be interpreted in at least two ways:
a) The poor are more generous and humane than the rich or, simplifying end, "the poor are good that the rich"; and
b) The poor are ignorant of their rights and therefore with high obsequiousness obey any moral standard that they do know. If a poor person is told to follow the teachings of Jesus, it is likely to do more submission than a rich man who knows his rights.
From these conclusions we could draw another: the poor are poor because they are obedient, and the rich are rich because they are disobedient.
This could also be expressed by saying: The rich are rich because they are all corrupt, amoral and criminals, while the poor are poor because they have an ethical conduct and obey the rules.
Moreover, one could argue that the poor are reliable, good citizens, good friends, good parents, while the rich are exactly the opposite.
This set of statements, beliefs, prejudices, would aggravate economic inequality often reveal economists and rulers, as is so adorable and so shameful to be poor to be rich, that to be so, not only have to work hard and break the head, but also have to row against the tide of popular sympathy.
From the affective point of view, being poor is subsidized by the company, received a strong stimulus, is encouraged by the majority, composed of the poor themselves and by those who believe that social class leaves material resources that facilitate ownership by who are and remain rich.
In short: Our culture distorts nature in several ways, one of which is to generate norms, prejudices, legends, which stimulate the enrichment of a few without taking the most pleasure.
Note: Original in Spanish (without translation by Google): La cultura y la pobreza.
(Este es el Artículo Nº 2.200)