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Psychological Sociological and Cultural Perspectives of Childhood and Poverty

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Despite the natural resilience that most children radiate prior to reaching their adolescence, there remains extensive findings whereby; it can be determined that being raised in poverty can have lasting effects both psychologically, and sociologically.

There are specific attributes children seem to possess that tend to diminish as the transition into adolescence and adulthood begins.

Certifiably, different cultures groom children to adapt, adopt, or establish a sense of normalcy by weighing oneself against the foundational rules and regulations society dictates as ‘acceptable behavior’ concerning societal acceptance, and knowing ones place.

The irony being, this is where mankind’s general concerns for meaning, purpose, and significance live, breed, and flourish.

By any standard, societal acceptance is where life's greatest challenges develop, and fear breeds into the hearts and minds of tomorrows future generation(s). Be it a derivative of naturalistic behavior to compete for completion. Our competitive nature can be found in sports, the arts, musicians, academia, courts of law, and across the spectrum of mankind's function from inception. From the depths of hell to the highest heavens, there remains a stigma to feel a sense of recognition, accomplishment, and societal acceptance.

Be it in a gang-like mantality or governing bodies of political control, the old theories still apply; mob rules!

There is little room for debate, yet if man is given an inch to promote argument in an effort to compete for viability (be it over money, knowledge, sport, courtship, or any claim) the ingredients change, but the recipe remains the same.

Most parents and young adults are so focused and determined to achieve a sense of accomplishment, meaning, and purpose, that the generalization of ‘money’ has always played a huge role in the numerology and categories concerning wealth, privilege, and enjoying the liberties, and freedoms money can ultimately afford us.

Who can deny that wealth infuses a certainty of survival, and affords one the luxury, reassurance, and defining character of success?

Hence, poverty often has the exact opposite effect(s).

But, there too remains a delusion that many cannot foresee, nor collectively prepare to face. That in exploring the demographics concerning poverty, the factoring probability is that the majority of mankind is indeed at or below the established poverty level dictated by society.

Sadly, it's this authors belief this is a direct result of placing far too much attention on money, success, and the societal pressure(s) experienced in our lives as we transition from youth to adulthood.

Systematically, most children are profound, bold, confident, and hold little fear in expressing themselves, as to; who they are, or what they desire to become.

Also, the majority of children do not possess bias prejudice, moral disregard, nor hatred until they are exposed to the opinionated expression of those in their immediate surroundings. Be it through parental upbringing, peer pressure, societal pressure, or cultural traditions at the helm; causing debilitating behavioral changes in the innocent minds of children, which runs many a ship a shore.

Unfortunately, Freud’s analysis was inarguably evident, we are all products of the people, places, and things we are influenced by in our lives.

Personally, I prefer to reach beyond his theories, and provide the solution to overcoming such exoskeletol nonsense, but, as Freud practiced fluently in and throughout his findings, it requires a measure of admission, acceptance, and determination to recognize and acknowledge the power of influence and admit a measure of our own ignorance, to wit; we concern ourselves so deeply to be ‘accepted’ by others,  we become lesser than we are meant to become.

The problem is indeed a psychological battle to uphold a measure of certainty that we as individuals can maintain those youthful attributes into adulthood, and establish a balance between our own intellectual capacities, and that deriving by or through societal functions.

Truth is, most cannot maintain the stamina, and conform to some form of sociological instruction.

Whether by cultural demands, impartiality concerning parental upbringing, spiritual conviction, or socioeconomics, the vast majority veer of the beaten path of youth, and ultimately adapt, adopt, and sadly ‘accept’ their immediate circumstances to allow a sense of denial to become evident, and in doing so surrender, depriving themselves  of a small (or large) measure of self, in an effort (or sacrifice) to ‘feel’ socially accepted, and within the standards society and their surroundings interpret as normal.

Ultimately, there are more individuals living at or below the established poverty threshold, and typically it can impact the developmental stages of the individual to benefit them, or in essence destroy them. This is critical in the transitional stages of puberty, adolescence, and into adulthood. It established behavioral patterns, habits, strengths, weaknesses, and in many some form of affliction, conviction, or even an addiction or co-dependant stimuli.

Having studied various aspects of psychology, sociology, and human behavioral patterns in a personal quest to understand the demographics concerning everything form addictions to drugs & alcohol, onto finding success, and reaching a higher level of understanding in search of financial independence, there remains an ‘exoskeletol radiance’ which factors into the equation of any true definition of success or happiness.

Whilst the world operates under a series of societal standards, it often has the tendency to weigh or measure individuals against the established average or that infamous status quo’ that brilliantly disguises itself in every culture past, post, and in any probability, the future of mankind's psychiatric functionality.

Unfortunately, the scales to wit we weigh these attributes are counter-balanced by equal measures to the ever present concerns we hold towards the unknown, and ultimately the threat, or fear of failure in and amidst our friends, piers, parents, children, family, or society at large.

In any respect, there are (and always have been) more poverty stricken children who are just as charismatic, talented, and happy, as there are the ‘so-called’ privileged, the ‘silver spooners’ or ‘blue-blooded’ rich children. The difference however, is not in the children per se, but the societal, psychological, and systematic determination of our own human ignorance which seperates the two categorically, biasly based on socioeconomic stature.

When in truth, a child raised in poverty is just as much influenced to maintain, uphold, sustain and surpass his/her status, as is that generally established concerning a privileged or wealth groomed child.

But, is there really a difference?

Naturally, if we watch National Geographic and see starving children in Zimbabwe, or in a Brazilian fa villa, it can indeed leave us weighing ourselves, or even our children against the cultural status of those deemed ‘less fortunate’.

Hence, by weighing ourselves upon the established societal scales, we can either feel privileged or sociologically dependant on the perspective view of the weights counter-balancing our ability to psychologically, and sociologically accept our reality in the relationship to another's.

However, does that change the psychological aspect of a child’s dreams or charisma?

While poverty is a defining characteristic often associated to ignorance or in layman's terms a lack of knowledge, whereby, society has little empathy towards the ‘lesser than’(in most cases), it too is and can be a strengthening process to wit; lights the fuse in those who are intellectually capable of maintaining their ambitions, desires, vision, and/or dreams to break the societal bindings, rewrite the book, and become the true successor's.

Who can argue the true heroes throughout history rose, and overcame impossible odds to achieve their dreams, exercise their talents, and become the fortunate ones. Many whom did so with a sincere ambition to encourage others to believe in themselves, take initiative, recognize ignorance, and overcome any fear impaling their own independent growth.

“Money is simply the score-keeper, but does not define the character of the individual.”

We can often observe those who have broken the thresholds of poverty, and in gaining wealth experience losing themselves momentarily, and having to reassess themselves in front of the public, and in doing so, face new levels of humility, challenge, and the ever-present task of maintaining virtues, principles, and the interests of oneself over that of concerning themselves of societal notoriety or the money associated with measures of fame and the successions that follow.

In closing, it boils down to choice, and is defined by ones intent. Theoretically, ones intentions can build empires or destroy them. Typically, the exterior influences that surround us have a powerful ability to dictate our actions, and the outcome of said intentions.

I find it difficult to find a child who is truly guilty of being poor, for the majority of children have something every adult desires to regain, and no amount of money can purchase it!

Bringing a certain measure of metaphorical semblance to Jesus having stated; “ no one enters into the kingdom of Heaven, lest it be through the eyes of a child.”

It boils down to ones independent perception, and the ability to rationalize reality from societal delusion.  A challenge that is formed in the decaying innocence of childhood. A robbery of sort that nearly every adult experiences by measure of their own fears, and the ignorance's associated to the act of denial, depravity, and external influences designed to challenge humanity since time began.

Innocence is a treasure that cannot be bought, nor sold, but is silently robbed in every culture to one degree or another, and it begins in the territorial battlefield of psychology, whilst concerning ourselves of sociological acceptance, and spans the history of mankind.

Let it be we recognize the importance of our intelligence, and not allow the thresholds of the unknown to dictate who we are, what we become, or impale our dreams. We possess an intellectual capacity to uphold a measure of equality for both the rich and the poor.

“Success is not measured in silver, rubies, jewels, nor gold... It is measured by those who have the intelligence to suppress the appetite society has for devouring another's dreams in a bout or battle to compete for completion.

When in truth, we are all incompetent of being complete in the sense our appetites have, and likely always shall exceed our will power to acknowledge our true intelligence.”

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