David Burns

Fremont, OH, United States

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Self worth and the pursuit of knowledge, dreams, and happiness.

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David Burns
Posted over 1 year ago
What can governments do to end poverty in their countries? Is a solution possible under capitalism?
I believe that it is in fact possible to have very little poverty in a Capitalistic economy. And the way I see it happening is by changing everyones individual perspective on their own capabilities of obtaining money. Not by a President or leader altering various taxes and government spending policies. But by altering the psychologies of individuals to be more equipped and structured to not fall gullible to the only solution of being solely dependent on Government aid. But by no means am I saying that we should cut those policies, because they do provide a service of helping people who unexpectedly fall victim to inconvenient circumstances such as being fired or laid off of work. Along with a few others who have posted, the only way I see this happening is by altering our current educational systems. By educating our generations, present, and future ones to be individuals to follow their dreams and have self worth and not allowing them to limit themselves on obtaining those dreams solely on their financial standings and the thought of a linear path to money, I feel we will see a shift of people's perspectives on what poverty really is in a radical way. I find this saying to be true, "Your best weapon is an educated mind." If we could have a mass collection of individuals whom are more educated enough to know their self worth and instill enough courage in them to pursue that self worth while giving them enough psychological armor to not be brought down by the opinions of others, we could easily eliminate poverty. But education does not come only from a "school", we receive some form of education everyday. And when we're in our early adolescent stages we don't think to question the education that we receive and everything we perceive in these stages forms our beliefs later on. So being raised in a heathy psychological environment that instills the beliefs of not putting yourself above others while maintaining a balance of individualism and community is vital.
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David Burns
Posted over 1 year ago
Which is more important, to do right or to do good?
Anybody can sit and ponder the definitions of what right and good are for all of eternity and no one will end up being right or wrong on their views of the subject. At it's very core each subject of the matter is entirely subjective. I personally care to look at the situation more analytically rather than based on emotions. And doing so I can see a few basic outcomes to the situation, although not limited to only these listed. One, the person can give the twenty dollars back to the person who dropped it, not assuming whether that person is rich or not and you'll feel better for being kind enough to give it back. Two, you give it to the man who by appearance seems to be in a worse off situation than yourself. This situation will make you feel better about yourself because you potentially saved a life. A third outcome, is you pass on by not caring to give the twenty dollars to either of them, and hoping that the next person that notices the twenty dollars will make that decision. Here you come out the same as you went in. Now I personally view it as this, you can gain positive feelings from either of the first two options. And in this particular situation you can possibly satisfy both. So how can you make both parties happy? How do you give the twenty dollars back to its original owner and yet still potentially save a life, thus gaining double the positive feelings. Assuming that that man is in fact starving, you could then ask yourself, do you just feed them once only satisfying their hunger for a short period of time. Or do you help that person get a sustainable income in order to potentially feed them for a lifetime. A simple feed a man a fish, teach a man to fish scenario. And who knows how that person might react to such an act of kindness. They may go out and try to show others such acts of generosity. So as you can see, by not biasing your decision on the emotional ideas of right and good. You can potentially come out pleasing every one, including yourself.