Mid-week Musings – “It isn’t about religion”

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2 thoughts on “Mid-week Musings – “It isn’t about religion”

  1. I agree with much of what you have written and I am grateful for the thoughtful cast of the argument. One thing, though. Americans and Canadians, in general, have no idea what “economic insecurity” means. It is even worse at expressing the reality than “poverty” because it uses abstract language that offers no hint of the reality for these folks. “Dirt poor” or “piss poor” are closer to the mark. Back in the day, when I was an unemployed single parent, my daughter and I dined on .33 cents-a-box mac and cheese and her clothing was sold at garage sales almost before she outgrew them. Debt piled up along with depression, but still, we were no where near as poor as those I’ve seen overseas even domestically. Poverty, at its worst, impacts creativity and judgement, and leaves people vulnerable to the persuasions of hate salesmen.

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    • Thanks for the comments.

      You make a good point.

      At the same time, I think that the concept of economic insecurity is much more powerful than we might otherwise allow.

      I think that if we accept Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs concept and extend it to Paolo Freire’s thoughts on Oppression, the issue isn’t the availability of food, clothing and shelter resources. The issue is the sense of security one has on being able to access those resources.

      The more an economic systems puts meeting those basic need at the whims of certain others, the more anxiety is created. And this would make for a more manipulable society and support for oppressive actions.

      Oppression isn’t solved by admitting guilt or establishing blame. It is by understanding the elements of oppression and resolving them.

      Thanks again.

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