Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Hunger Games: No Poverty Mentality!

Many of the citizens of District 12 were starving in safety. Instead of defying the odds and seeking a way out, they (the citizens) were comfortable, or at least appeared to be, with starving within the margins of comfort. However, the main character, Katniss Everdeen, knew something about poverty that the others apparently did not know. She understood that although she was in poverty she did not have to have a poverty mentality. Therefore, she trained herself to become a well skilled hunter (a skill that ultimately helped her in the future). Even if she never caught anything to feed her family for the day, she continuously went back to the field everyday to try again. Although she was in an impoverished situation in District 12, she did not allow it to affect her state of mind. She knew that her skills as hunter would eventually pay off and place her family in a better position.

The citizens of District 12 were not the only ones who suffer from a poverty mentality, but some of us do too. You don’t have to be in poverty to have a poverty mindset. A person with a poverty mindset is one who sees no future and expects nothing greater than what they already possess. I am not talking about those who are in oppressive situations and are in poverty because of systemic evils; rather, I am referring to people who have accepted their impoverished situation and though they have the power to change them, they won’t. Persons who function well in society, have degrees, got nice jobs, but still possess poverty mentalities (seeing nothing greater for themselves in the future). One thing that being comfortable where you are can do is keep you from dreaming of better and possessing it. Don’t allow your places of comfort to develop a mentality of poverty within you. What I am trying to say here is…NEVER STOP DREAMING, AND NEVER STOP WORKING TOWARDS A GREATER GOAL. Never become so comfortable with where you are because one day you may look up and realize that you have been starving in that place of safety you are in.

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