Who is smarter rich or poor?

Discrimination does not begin with the issues we are lead to believe. Prejudice contributes energy, focus and money to the deeply increasing differences between the rich and the poor. Race, gender, and religion have been used to define racism. White versus black culture has grown businesses and gained much profit for grassroots organizations and the like.


Gender equality issues are also big money makers and cause a great deal of dissension and communication barriers. Hormone treatments, cosmetic surgery are additional expenses for those who choose to radically change their appearance thus display a lighter skin color or transitioning gender completely.

Additionally, religious wars have cost countries billions while terror organizations get fueled with infinite dollars. But discrimination doesn’t start there, nor does it end with these issues.


Us and them

Most Caucasians don’t walk around saying or thinking things like, “we think differently than those people” unless they are referring to cultural differences that are legitimate between religions and upbringing. Still, the idea that “we” are not like “them” does not exist.



Most people can relate to each other because we all think and feel the same as fellow human beings. All our rights and liberties remain the equal. However, actual discrimination is defined when one group considers itself to be superior, more worthy, more capable, stronger, smarter and more deserving than another or other.


This attitude is prevalent among the wealthy

The elite or wealthy grow up with a sense of superiority based on the false belief that they are more deserving only because they have been granted opportunities, by no means of their own. This lack of challenge in one’s life dulls the capacity towards empathy and compassion.

Without the knowledge of feeling any loss, there can be no understanding towards it. Therefore, the psychology of continually gaining or winning becomes the only challenge available.



Princeton University Professor, Eldar Shafir and his co-author Sendhil Mulainathan from Harvard University have spent some time on a study about the poor. While continually making references to “us” and “them”, Mulainathan describes in a lecture how the poor or those who live in poverty have less impulse control which causes them to make bad decisions.


Mulainathan explains how poverty predetermines terrible behavior

Parents who tend to be inconsistent with parental guidelines are from needy families. Poor people don’t take their medications thus leading to more illness. The poor don’t weed their farms as they should all due to a poverty-stricken mindset.

Both Shafir and Mulainathan understand the idea of financial inclusion intimately. Only the wealthy are included within a circle of the best, the brightest, the most affluent and of course most in control. Both professors believe poverty predicts behaviors that they define as evil. In every example, the insistence that the psychology poverty elicits in every life situation results negatively.





Living in poverty allegedly results in flawed responses, – in other words, living in poverty produces flawed individuals

Nevertheless, if you look at individuals from rich environments, the psychology created here is one of never-ending competition to be the best, and to have the most. Statistically more often wealthy executives actively participate in infidelity due to boredom.

A lack of control in issues outside of finances are equally detrimental to the wealthy as to those living in poverty. Moreover, those living in poverty fight an uphill battle. They must engage their ambition, determination and inner strength to overcome their struggles.

The amount of stress on the poor is statistically higher than the rich. Not all, but many do all they are capable of doing to better their situations. Most problems are due to the system’s commitment to keeping the poor down. This way the dividing line becomes more substantial so the rich can stay up.

Maintaining a dividing line between them and us is the hierarchy’s goal. They are successful at keeping this place. However, everything is fleeting, and nothing lasts forever, including poverty.

References: Haaretz, Central, Harvard University

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