Examples Of Poverty Essay

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The Shame in Poverty Accounts
The solutions to poverty are plentiful when accounts from others’ experiences are brought into consideration. Stories and experiences provide insight to readers that explicate the reality of any situation. In “What is Poverty” “On Dumpster Diving” “Lifeboat Ethics” and “The Singer Solution,” each article expands on personal experiences and situations to open the reader to various viewpoints on how poverty is perceived by society, as well as how it is perceived by those face it daily, in order to illustrate its brutal reality and plausible resolutions. Poverty experiences are more often than not far from enjoyable and can commonly bring about shame and self-hate. Expression of the shame that poverty exerts on
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Dumpster diving replenished his pride and taught him how to cope with his struggle, allowing him to distance himself from the shame of homelessness. Together, excerpts from Parker and Eighner show the contrast between poverty experiences and the affects that the experience has on an individual. Stories and scenarios also offer insight as to how we, as a society, should stand up against poverty and help the impoverished. Peter Singer’s examples from “The Singer Solution to World Poverty” shed light on how our world would benefit if each person gave up their luxuries to aid others in need. In one of his many solutions, Singer states that those who generate income and exceed the funds needed for basic necessities wrongfully indulge in luxuries and spend their money on themselves. His statements firmly state that we need to take action as a whole, because if one person decides they do not need to save that life, then the entire system is skewed. He argues that by not using those funds towards helping a save the life of a sick child overseas, our society lacks basic morals. As he concludes this specific story, he states, “...if we value the life of a child more than going to fancy restaurants, the next time we dine out we will know that we could have done something better with our money” (Singer). Similarly in “Lifeboat Ethics,” Garrett Hardin discusses the
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