New Perspective on Poverty

On the topic of our discussion about how wicked problems in industries effect poverty and people, it was one of the main points that resonate with what I have been studying ever since high school. From classes I have took in high school, we studied about these topics in AP Human Geography, one of our main topics we talked about is migration on urbanism and ruralism and why people migrate. Many of the causes that caused migrations stems from the wicked problems. Connecting this class’s subject and what I have learned in high school gave more insights on the sociological aspects of things. I felt like I can share a lot of important points about poverty and issues about it. For example, one of our in-class activities were to discuss if corporations are the ones to hold responsible on pollutions. For my group, I advocated that no, corporations should not have that responsibility, but government should be the one regulating it. Although I advocated that, I brought up points such as government have lobbyist that benefits the corporations. It was one of the activities where we had a big discussion and bringing up past experiences in our classes such as Human Geography or American Government. I felt like I have contributed a lot to the conversations, and I wished we had more people to join in and shared their opinions about the topic.

Major takeaway from last week’s topic is mainly about the YES and NO of how poverty is directly or indirectly resulted from wicked problems. For the most part, many people agreed that corporations are directly affecting poverty, discussing about how urban and rural poverty are different and how they are being affected by greed. Major takeaways from that is that there is no solid answer on how poverty is affected. From both articles the author was very convincing on how there was direct or indirect causes to poverty. I thought it was interesting how interesting rural and urban poverty is different. Through rural poverty, it effects the long run and the sustainability of the rural land. For example, if the land is polluted or ruin, the land cannot be used to produce profit like agricultural. Urban poverty is affected by money and opportunity. People in the city will go homeless, and in return having debt or bad credit scores can lead to disadvantages in the city life. Insurances will go up and there are many economic downsides like gaining a job. I thought it was interesting just seeing how opportunity and poverty are different in rural and urban environment.

Mindfulness exercises have I have done before class or even when I have time is I walk around and enjoy the weather. I experience a connection to myself more, it feels more holistic if I take a breather and go outside and enjoy the weather and think. Focusing on myself and gathering my thoughts have helped me clear my mind and get me into the mood of doing homework and overall making me happier.

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