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  •  It can be hard to avoid (3+ / 0-)
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    Having been poor, a lot of these decisions can be hard to avoid.  Sometimes you just get boxed in and the overwhelming thing is the frantic sense of no escape.  

    Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

    by Mindful Nature on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 04:54:25 PM PDT

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    •  I see that too. (0+ / 0-)

      It is unfortunate that we live in such a consumption society as poor people want things too. Especially in the younger ones. They want movies, video games and toys that are take a big bite out of the budget. My co-worker will spend hundreds of dollars on these types of things but no money on decent clothes to wear to work. She also has 2 big dogs and 3 cats which I understand wanting pets but whoa these are a lot of mouths to feed. Oh yea and cigarettes. Between her and her husband 3-4 packs a day. Think about it at $6/pack that is at least $20/day. $7k spent in one year to burn? I had suggested she get a prescription for Chantex (sp) to quit as she has expressed a desire to do so. The drug was too expensive so she did not do it. I explained to her - this a one time shot and you are done. But no. Like I said our education system is so lacking that it does not teach problem solving skills to our young people therefore they are more prone to fall into poverty if that is where they come from.

      •  Asdf (0+ / 0-)

        While there is certainly truth to the notion that some people make unwise or suboptimal choices, for me personally I have a hard time blaming people.  Having had to chose between medicine and gas to get to work, my memories are such that I did it hard to blame people.    This isn't to say you aren't right, just that it is a blind spot for me

        Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

        by Mindful Nature on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 09:24:52 AM PDT

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