The Forest And The Trees Essay

828 Words Sep 27th, 2015 4 Pages
A poor mother of seven children whom desperately is looking for help to feed and clothed her children, but the help did not come until the first of each month. Standing in those long lines at the food bank, at the social service office to get government aid, such things as powered milk, powered eggs and blocks of cheese just to name a few. Yet again she was looking for help to keep the old torn down house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But in the 1970 's, there was no assistance from the town to help with utilities and many of days and nights the mother and seven children went to sleep cold and hot. This story told is about the life of my mother, siblings and myself. An excerpt from the book The Forest and the Trees says, "The magnitude of poverty is especially ironic in a country like the United States whose enormous wealth dwarfs that of entire continents. More than one out of every seven people in the United States lives in poverty or near-poverty" (Johnson, 2014).

Why is this so? Why does the most powerful and richest country in the world have poverty? Especially when there is an abundance of help and economic power. If that question can be answered, most assured that person would win the Pulitzer. Gandhi, say poverty is a state of mind (Palanithurai, 2009). This is true to a certain extent. This single young woman of seven children was a classic example of what Gandhi indicated. During an interview with this now 69 year old woman, she was…

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