It is time to break out of the culture of poverty. It is time to break out of the culture of disrespect and being rude to each other. Frustration and disrespect comes from feeling powerless about events happening in our lives. Working together for the benefit of us as a nation, we can provide decent and free health care for all, and a quality and free education for all Americans from nursery through university levels. America is God’s country and God wants His people to have and be the best so they can be an example and welcome symbol to all who would breathe free.God Bless America and God Bless all of the people of this world.

America is angry and frustrated, and we are taking out our anger and frustration on each other. We have become rude and ill manners saying and doing what we want and think rather than what is best for the country as a whole. When we do not take care of the body, sickness and disease overcomes the body and the body slowly dies. America is sick and tired of poverty and injustice at home, we save the world but the enemies from within are waging war against us as a people. The designers of systems of poverty have contaminated our health care systems, our education systems, our financial systems, our religious systems and even our presidential elections systems. We as a people, in turn, have become rude and coarse towards each other; it is time to look at these systems as  one America because it is  affecting all of us. We can help each other by acknowledging that these systems exist and they were designed to keep the rich rich, the poor poor and make sure there is no movement or limited movement between groups. This is not America, America is about breaking down old barriers and achieving the impossible dream, America does the Jesus thing, without religion, America makes the blind to see, the lame to walk and resurrects the dead into living contributors to the greater good. It is time to wake up the spirit of America and be American again.            

America was founded on the principles of freedom, on the desire to break out of the culture of poverty and oppression. These problems relate to Americans and are relevant to any group trying to break out of poverty. The immigrants coming through Ellis Island faced the same problems during the early 20th century that new immigrants and poor people in America face today. The old immigrant does not talk about his experiences and will often lie when asked how he achieved success. As an anthropologist, trained by the best professors at Columbia University in New York City, I decided to observe and record transitions in life. This involved becoming part of systems and observing and recording the behaviors of individuals in  various systems. My area of specialization became education and religion, and therefore most of my writings relate to observations and participations in these two systems. As a child born post Depression years, I was given the opportunity to see the methods of survival of immigrants in the urban center of New York City. I saw the truth and reality of Jews, Italians, Irish, Hispanic Polish and African American survival strategies, and I noticed the similarity in skills required to achieve success. I observed and documented my own process from welfare to Columbia University, and developed curriculum guides for others interested in breaking out of the culture of poverty. Poverty is indeed a culture, and a way of life, it is what we do to sustain ourselves in the complexities of living. America operates on a variety of systems and each system is designed to sustain itself and prevent its own destruction. Individuals are stratified and assigned to these various systems through our complicated education systems constructed through urban planning to decide who gets what in terms of needs and services. Individuals are educated for specific ladders of achievement beneficial to the society, determining who will get served and who will, of necessity, will not, and become the servers. Education decides destiny in America and if an individual has the misfortune to be placed in an education environment where he must be undereducated in order to serve, then he must break the codes for escaping. Poverty has been a planned system and the codes of change are becoming available. The system was designed to prevent any movement out of the selected class. Individuals who attempted to break out of the culture of poverty would face many obstacles, including sabotage from members of their own group or family. Escape is achieved through education, but the cost is dear in terms of old friends and familiar environment, and there is no going back. It is important to review the culture of poverty system because there are still many people trapped in these sad situations. Breaking out of poverty is impossible but the success story is God and man’s greatest achievement.

Your church, family and friends will reject you once you break out of the culture of poverty. You demonstrate to them that it can be done and that there is something wrong with them and the way they are living their lives; no one likes to be wrong, and the one who changes will be attacked. If you can stand the rejections, until you find your own group, you will be all right. When you find your own group of successful people the wealth and strategies are already in the group.

Poverty is an addiction, and the addiction has built into it variables needed by the individual, you may sabotage your success in order to return to the addiction in times of stress. The closer you get to your goal and out of the poverty trap the more difficult the trip will become, victory does come, and the need to get others out is the most challenging emotion you will experience.

The group caught in poverty will silently celebrate your success, and each success motivates and serves as a guide to the next individual seeking to travel the “underground railroad” to freedom. If you think it is about race, you will lose your way, this is class transformation, and class transformation is worse than racism. It is about trying to preserve power and wealth for a select few. There is plenty for everyone, and that is the secret you will discover when you reach your destination.

The Secrets of Wealth

             Wealth is God in circulation, and the more you give away, the more will be returned to you doubled over. The more people you free to travel the wealth track, the more will be given to you in your task of helping others. The question of what will you do with your education should center on how can you use your experience and education to help others? How can you break down the wall of fear and free others from the oppression and addiction of poverty. How can you prevent the poor from attacking others and taking frustration out on society? How can you teach the poor that the system is designed to draw them into behaviors that will prevent them from entering into the forbidden planet? How can the poor and the oppressed avoid behaviors designed to make them felons and left out of the game of wealth? The answers to these questions can become a motivational goal of life, or you can just decide to be the best person you can be and hope that others will see you and your life as a role model. The choice is yours.

America is a second chance society; it is founded on the principle that everyone should have a chance at success. Education in America is like a conveyor belt; you can jump on at any point and jump off when necessary, and jump on again. Many adults had to stop educational careers because of life emergencies, helping parents, marriage, raising children, or just not ready for the challenges involved in a commitment to self. The College of New Rochelle School of New Resources represents the state of the art program for adult students making the transition into the educational environment. The School of New Resources has designed a program for adults returning to college. It does it better than any institution, and is considered the gold standard in adult education. I taught at the School of New Resources for 28 years and was part of a program making it possible for thousands of Americans to transform their lives. Ideas presented here were tried out in the Experience Learning and Identity successfully taught at this outstanding educational and spiritual institution.

           Breaking out of poverty will be the hardest thing you will ever do in your life; the failure rate is very high and the price expensive in the cost of emotional capital. If you are serious you must be prepared to become an immigrant in a new country. You must follow all of the steps taken by immigrants and prepare your self mentally and physically for a journey that will take a toll on your identity and your health.

Individuals who are motivated to leave the land of their birth have at some time made the decision that they cannot survive in their present surroundings, and for the sake of their own well being and the future they must make extreme sacrifices and changes. Carefully research the area you are intending to immigrate; learn the culture, which include behavior traits and expectations, music, foods, shelter, relationships between men and women, and what is acceptable and expected. Identify the leaders of the area to which you are immigrating, and determine how they can help you adjust to the new environment.

Be prepared to change your clothing and physical look with respect to hairstyle and clothing. The last think you want is to stand out like a sore thumb, therefore do a detailed research on what people look like, express them and behave. Just as you would do when planning a trip to a foreign land, check the weather and decide what to pack for the occasion, and what you may need to purchase letter. Pack your bag with all of your worldly possessions, say goodbye to your family and close friends, and accept the idea that once you immigrate to the new country, you will no longer we welcomed into the inner intimate circle again.

If you are strong enough to endure these challenges, welcome to the world of changing social classes and moving out of the culture of poverty. The doorway out of poverty starts with education. There are really two doors, the first door is education and the second door is religion. These are dangerous exit paths, if you select the wrong path in education, you will fall down a dark hole of despair. If you select the wrong path in religion, you will fall down the same dark hole, you will just be shouting and singing. Public schools serving minority and poor students in New York City are path to dark holes. Churches helping you get into heaven as fast as you can with out experiencing the joys of life are also path to dark holes. You will need both the school and the church for your great escape.

Rescuing Someone From The Culture Of Poverty

Do not attempt to rescue someone caught in the culture of poverty if you do not have life saving skills. Love, patience and religion will not help you help someone who is caught in the American system of planned poverty. Drug abuse, legal and illegal often are factors in the poverty sustaining game. It is called a game and the players in the game are unknowing participants. Individuals caught in this system can often rationalize why they are in situations, and most honestly believe that they have the skills and the ability to change their system when desired. Many see themselves as victims responding to major changes in their lives and will be able to right any wrongs given enough time and circumstances.

Most are unaware that the system is like a web designed to trap them and the web grows stronger the more the individual struggles to free them. Major institutions in American society are designed to sustain the system. Education, health care and religion play a major factor in preventing the individuals from obtaining the skills necessary for escape. It is impossible for the individual to use intellectual energy to solve problems of entrapment as the variable for entrapment occurs in the mind; therefore it is impossible to use the mind to escape the system. Women trapped in the system have often been the victims of some form of abuse in childhood, and developed a feeling of worthlessness and low self esteem as the results of not being protected by care givers from the abuser.

This poor self worth and low self-esteem directs some into behaviors resulting in negative response from family members. If the abuser was a member of the family or care giver, there will be an unspoken resentment of the individual for becoming a victim and a sincere desire that the abuse matter will quietly go away and not discussed at family events. The family becomes more important than the victim and all efforts to maintain and encourage silence will be expected. Abusive behaviors destroy the soul of the child and results in sexual behaviors on the part of females and anti-social violent behaviors on the part of males. Low self- esteem makes it difficult for individuals to mate with responsive and correct partners, and cycles of abusive relations continue into adulthood or until some form of healing takes place. Through long series of events individuals find themselves involved in the legal system, and or system preventing them from securing employment or completing educational programs enabling them to change the economic status of their lives.

Educational opportunities determine socio-economic environments. Economic disadvantage communities attract educators and civil servants skilled in maintaining the status quo. Health care services are designed to medicate individuals enough to keep them out of the mainstream of society. Churches help individuals prepare for a better life after death and do not address the issues of living a fulfilled life on earth.

The poor relate to Fundamentalist religion and a type of service where emotional expression is encouraged. Individuals are encouraged to accept their sinful nature and seek forgiveness in the next world. Social workers are not prepared to help individuals make significant changes in their social situations and their role is to make sure the individuals have food stamps and basic and ineffective health care service. Social workers, especially government social workers cannot and will not help you get out of the culture of poverty, that is not their role. Social workers are trained to help individuals adjust to present situations in society, they are not change agents, they are emotional and conditional adjustment agent, they help you to deal with the world the way it is. In order to change you life you must be frustrated, social workers help keep individuals from becoming frustrated by helping them to develop the attitudes and behaviors that will make them compliant and obedient. Society and the government depend on churches to do the same thing. Religion helps you to accept your position in life, not question it or question the system. Jesus became problematic to His own religious leaders because Jesus was a change agent; Jesus came to show people the way to God’s Kingdom on earth. Sometime to break out of the culture of poverty you have to change your church. This will be the first of many changes in your life; you will have to change what you place in your mind, body and soul.

Individuals are often places on high- risk pharmacological regiments with side effects more harmful than the condition for which they were prescribed. Individuals caught in this system often surrounds themselves with similar individuals caught in the same system; they offer warmth and support for each other.

Poverty on the outside appear negative to outsiders, but a closer review would indicate that they are supportive of each other, non judgmental and offer the emotional psychological support a healthy family would provide.

Individuals caught in this system must accept:

·         Your perception is not reliable

·         You must back out of the system

·         They must secure employment in a minimum wage position, and often two or three positions

·         They must make arrangements to register in a college program for adult learners

·         They must submit themselves to a credential program enabling them to take charge of their lives. Credentials, usually college degrees or special certificates certify your skills and competence to do specific jobs and hold certain responsible positions. Credentials are not about just talking, hot air, but verified proof of who you are and what you can do. Poverty can become a mental challenge, and people who have lived in poverty for a long period of time become fast talkers, they have the speed and the language to out talk anyone who attempts to change them or the system in which they live. The must learn how to shut up, sit down listen and learn. It is not the story they have to tell, it is the victory them have to experience, stop the story telling. Tell those who insist on telling their story, to study and become a writer, and sell the story for a movie, the media industry love sad stories and uses them for the entertainment of the masses.

·         Do not work for yourself (yet), the creative forces in the mind will be working, but the discipline to work for someone else is what is required to change your life. Securing and holding a job requires understanding rules of behavior and agreeing to follow guidelines presented, poverty is freedom to do what you want, but also the freedom to fail.

·         Pay for health care; do not use manage care insurance programs for the poor. Find a doctor in a different neighborhood and save enough to pay for health care in cash. Use cash until you are able to secure health insurance through employment.

·         Give up church or find the largest church with progressive programs designed to help people meet the challenges of life rather than prepare for death.

·         Drop all of your friends, wish them well and tell them you will see them on the other side of recovery. This may sound harsh, but you will always surround yourself with people who are exactly like you. You do not want to be judged in your failure so you associate with other failures, you must drop them, they are baggage, and to travel fast, you must travel light. If you have young children, strap them in and prepare them for a bumpy ride, they can handle it, the feeling they will have at the end of the ride will be worth the whole experience.

·         Drop your family if they are a contributing factor in your pain and dysfunction.

           You can change your life if you change your thoughts, forget the forgiveness routine and get on with your life; the best revenge is success, and no one has the power or the right to define your existence or abuse your body or predict your future. The greatest achievers in human society have been individuals who took back their lives from abusers and went on to live out the life they can achieve. The past does not predict the future, achieve success and reward your self in the name of the person who tried to destroy your spirit. Do not forgive, forget, move on and excel.

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