Category Archives: Poverty

The babies in the river

A parable of relief vs. advocacy

“Relief” refers to providing for needy people’s immediate survival needs — food, shelter and clothing, direct material gifts.  “Advocacy” refers to political activism, meant to change policies and laws.  People and organizations who presume to serve the poor, face choices as to which one to emphasize.

The parable of the babies in the river addresses that choice.  Activists love it.  Desmond Tutu and others have endorsed it.

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Podcast — Contrasts and justice (Part 2)

Choices and inevitability

Contrasts and justice (Part 2)

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5. Serotonin and society

THE WAY OF PEACE

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The serotonin levels of the members of a community profoundly affect the degree of harmony and prosperity (shalom) in that community. Continue reading 5. Serotonin and society

A landmark study

Stress in low-income families can affect children’s learning

I am very excited about this.

This is, as far as I know, the first study to attempt to measure the degree of chaos in the home.

The researchers in an earlier-mentioned study (Related:  Poor children have smaller brains) speculated that “poor families tend to live more chaotic lives, and that stress could inhibit healthy brain development.”  The current study seems to indicate that it is directly so.

As of this writing, my hypothesis has become as follows:  the chaos of a growing child’s environment causes comparatively more resources to be devoted to the limbic system and less to the cerebral cortex, resulting in a body with reduced capacity to learn.

Related:  A MUST-READ CONCERNING JUSTICE AND POVERTY
Related: Chaos overwhelms the poor
Related: Wisdom teaching in poor black homes

(Originally posted 2015-07-08; reblogged 10/13/16.)

Climate change is nothing new.

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She actually said that?

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She actually said that?“Third gender” in ThailandRecent child abuse casesMajority of public school children are now poorThe boy who didn’t come back from heavenJudge Vetoes Parents’ Baby Name

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