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The Other Side of the Coin

The Other Side of the Coin

 

March 2, 2024

 

In our discussion on disease poverty, primarily stemming from the lack of a steady income, it's essential to consider the flip side: the presence of excessive wealth and the greed that often accompanies it, akin to a mental illness. While poverty can manifest as a tangible struggle, affluence can breed its own set of issues, affecting individuals' mental and emotional well-being.


A steady income or financial independence can significantly alter the brain and neurological system. Individuals may become less empathetic, more egocentric, and develop a sense of entitlement and narcissism. This phenomenon isn't limited to the super-rich; it extends to various socio-economic strata, including civil servants.


Despite their noble intentions, civil servants may lack firsthand experience of the challenges faced by small entrepreneurs or individuals relying on social welfare. The irony lies in the fact that these policymakers and bureaucrats often devise programs to address poverty without fully comprehending its complexities.


Indeed, wealth accumulation can be likened to a disease that corrodes empathy and fosters a disconnect from the realities of the less fortunate. It's crucial to recognize that having too much income can be just as detrimental to society as lacking it.

In our pursuit of a more equitable society, it's imperative to address both ends of the spectrum: alleviating poverty while scrutinizing the impacts of excessive wealth. Only through a nuanced understanding of these dynamics can we hope to create policies and initiatives that promote genuine social justice and well-being for all.


Miguel Goede

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