“Having a heart for the poor isn’t hard. Having a mind for the poor…that’s the challenge.” –Poverty, Inc.
This quote from the documentary Poverty, Inc. highlights the reason why so many people are willing to give their money to foreign aid, without necessarily understanding its harmful effects. This quote can also shed some light on the recent embrace of socialism by many millennials.
When young people look at the rate of poverty in the U.S. and see that we are not doing as well as some other developed countries, it is easy for them to place this blame on what they believe is “capitalism.” If capitalism has caused the U.S. to experience this poverty then it logically follows that people today, especially millennials, would embrace socialism instead of capitalism.
Given that I am a millennial myself, this makes sense to me. It’s clear that we care about these causes and that we are willing to give our time and money. That’s the easy part. We have a heart for the poor. The challenge is having a mind for the poor. (more…)