The Pros And Cons Of Poverty

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Around the world, there are many families and individuals who live in poverty, and this is something that is growing like wildfire. Poverty knows no race or gender, young or old, but when looking at the statistics, it shows the inequality, and that many of those below the poverty line in America are children and those of non-Caucasian decent. Many also call poverty to be a threat to the common good, and that with many living in poverty, we as a species do not care but only for ourselves, and not our neighbors. The focus will be on how poverty has taken hold in society and how poverty is causing harm to the common good and the teachings of Jesus Christ. In America alone, according to the US Census Bureau in 2013, the “federal poverty line is …show more content…
The Catholic Charities show statistics just as bad as the Census Bureau, but they also write to raise awareness, and to shed light to a matter that many people turn from because they do not want to help. In politics, many politicians do not talk about poverty because it does not get votes or the news stations’ ratings “as a Christian and Catholic organization, we are offended and frustrated by the fact the issue of poverty has been largely ignored by our nation’s political leaders and by much of the mass media (Catholic Charities, 2006).” Poverty is a threat to the common good because people are selfish to act and to reach a hand out to those in need, and it begins with our nation’s government being the leader that it is supposed to be “the government has substantially reduced the resources devoted to assisting those who are impoverished, and sates have been unable or unmoved to act (Catholic Charities, 2006).” This is a major role in taking the right steps forward to a common good, but not many will …show more content…
“Americans are harder working and more productive than ever, yet the rewards of that productivity flow into the pockets of fewer and fewer people (Ketteler, 2006).” This relates to the previous articles in that the wealthy are becoming wealthier, while the poor are becoming poorer, and this is something that goes against everything the common good stands for and the teachings of the church for so many years. As we can see over and over again, people become greedy and selfish and only do what is in their best interest, and this goes against the teachings and the actions of Jesus Christ. Father Ketteler writes that Jesus chose the poverty life, to be close to those who are most in need. “Jesus lived out a preferential option in standing on the side of those most in need, physically and spiritually (Ketteler, 2006).” Father Ketteler finishes with saying that when we love one another, nobody is a burden and everything that is produced is shared equally among all men and women, “civilizations of love abandons a mentality in which the poor as individuals and as peoples are considered a burden, as irksome intruders trying to consume what others have produced (Ketteler,

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