COVID. I have to say is what made people realize that “Poverty can strike anyone.” In previous times, you were told that six months or more of savings is all it takes to make sure you can prosper. However, this was not taking the worst-case scenario happening as many of us have not been conditioned to plan for a terminal health illness. Let alone a pandemic. Which, in all honesty, points out another complication in social norms. That if you fall from grace and as long as you’re affected. No one cares, which is a saying my ex use to say a lot. Which at first, I thought he was dramatic. But in the face of this pandemic. Began to see the ugly reality in it as many people started to fight for essential items and started to horde supplies in excess. Not having others think about other’s well being. This creates the competition of “who has it worst” versus the traditional “I am better than you because” back and for-worth that never gets anyone anywhere.
Reality hit when COVID hit. One of the things we see a lot about in this election is how well the stock market is doing, dodging the things that are affecting many Americans. One of the things that are also the main focus on is unemployment rates that seem to increase as this pandemic heads into the third wave. But even if the employment rates are growing, the thing that I want to see come up is the capacity of homeless, the number of evictions, and the number of foreclosures. As one of the things that we tend not to realize. Unless we walked in those shoes is the fact that “Many homeless can also be employed as well” and the stereotypical “drug addict.” Many Americans are now living in hotels, which may be the regular norm in our society.
In moral, social topics, poverty becomes a moral crisis, according to Alyssa Katharine Ritz Battistoni in her article “Reality of Poverty. (https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/reality-poverty/).” Which was written in 2007 and was a small problem, becomes the problem with seeing today. one of the second top topics when it comes to social norm problems in our society, which estimates to be huge, hitting many in the US that never use to shoot. Which are high-income individuals. According to UNCTAC.ORG. https://unctad.org/news/when-it-rains-it-pours-covid-19-exacerbates-poverty-risks-poorest-countries. Having the US being the highest in poverty growth in the world.
Since I am a social behavior and psychology blogger, we gave enough facts and will go into the psychology of how this occurred. Where if we were not made to believe that this wasn’t a smaller problem than it was, people would have been better prepared to handle the fate that was about to come. I understand the argument of why. However, it leaves out the empathy for those who have to work a little harder to put food on the table and pay bills, which shows the act of empathy bias. The snowball effect that stemmed from that is that those who were less fortunate ended up getting infected—putting them and their families in more jeopardy as those who work become infected, keeping them from working. Those who depend on those essential workers become infected themselves. It was also contaminating the breadwinner. Which in the course of events, we began to see the outcome unfold.
In the end, everyone, as we have seen through this pandemic, has suffered the consequences. They affect the quality of life for all, while those privileged with resources recover from this with ease, as our President has shown. Which the things that people deflect in defense in denial, especially his supporters. Refuse to see as many affected by COVID refuse to take precautions to avoid reinfecting their loved ones, still using gaslighting and bandwagoning to discredit the intention of others where MTPR.ORG reporting in the homeless estimation is disturbing https://www.mtpr.org/post/montana-shelters-homeless-struggle-cope-social-distancing-orders.
Some will argue this, which is okay with me. I am not here to change your mind in your thought process, as I respect it. But in the end, you have to ask the question. What if I become affected? As many of the financial situations. This is something you have to do in private. The truth is, if you think about it, are you protected?