Thursday, September 10, 2020

Poverty & Culture


 

Poverty & Culture

 Some nations are gifted with a variety of cultures.  In this mix there are identifiable characteristics in languages, ethnicity, social classes, status, and rank.  But a commonality with these cultures is that they worship the same God.  These diverse groups share common characteristics.  John Thune (b. 1961), a U.S. Republican senator from South Dakota wrote, “I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink.  It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom.  It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.”  Although America is a predominantly Christian nation with diverse groups, some of distinctly ethnic groups rally under its flag.

 American culture exported around the world reaches a community of nations.  One way is by the mass media that not only presents news and information 24/7, but sports, and Christian programing.  This fare via print and electronic media is carried by satellites, radio, TV, and the Internet.  Through the media America is able to share and exchange values about Christianity worldwide.  Because of these phenomena tourism is flourishing and citizens interact globally.  They experience the beauty of religious and historic sites, worshiping, and enjoying beaches.   Leslie Jamison (b. 1983), a novelist said, “Armchair poverty tourism has been around as long as authors have written about class.  As an author, I have struggled myself with the nuances of writing about poverty without reducing any community to a catalog of its difficulties.”  This was true.  Some see poverty stricken communities and rattle off statistics as though they know what poverty is all about. 

 Travel & Transportation

 Saint Augustine (354 AD–430 AD), an early Christian theologian and philosopher wrote, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”  It’s also true that if people who live in one place have lived in all places.  Believers that do so are religious monks, nuns, and hermits that experience austere lives locked away in monasteries worshiping, and serving God.  These individuals it is said experience life to the fullest. 

 In many nations travel is encouraged and citizens take advantage of it.  There are however constraints on more than 7.5 billion people living worldwide in villages, and shanty towns.  These poor people are more concerned about having the basics, like a place to live, food to eat, and clean water to drink.  With adequate transportation poor people are able to travel from one place to another.  In the modern world - even in America, some lack transportation because they are unable to pay the fare.  Corrine Brown (b. 1946), a U.S. representative for Florida said, “States get to improve transportation infrastructure; that creates economic development, puts people back to work and, most importantly, enhances safety and improves local communities.”  Everyone benefits from having a good infrastructure.  Adequate public transportation goes a long way in helping poor people and the unemployed.  Such an improvement could well mean that the poor will have work opportunities in places other than their neighborhoods where they live.

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