Mcfsrn10 months ago
Thanks for your thought Alonso. I'm not sure I would, or anyone else would classify poverty as porn or romantic, but I do understand your point. I was in Panama a few years ago, staying in a small village outside of Panama City. Some of the things I observed while staying there gave me a new appreciation for what I am blessed with here in this country. I guess my point is that living with so much does not create happiness or generosity and despite what anyone takes away from being exposed to someone simply being happy without all the "stuff" we surround ourselves with...if it changes one person's life, it might be worth the time spent with the poor. The other thing too is that we hear the word poverty, or the poor of this world....or someone being homeless. Do many people honestly know what those terms mean? I teach nursing students. They do their clinicals in the perfect, sterile world known as hospitals. Poor, homeless patients are discharged with medications that need refrigeration or to be taken at certain times, orders to make sure they eat or avoid certain foods, etc. When we take these students into a homeless shelter or to a home where there is no power or refrigeration, it is a real eye opener to them. It gives them the opportunity to learn how to better care for this particular population. It teaches them very powerful lessons they couldn't learn by reading or being told about them and the daily challenges they face.
There is nothing wrong with spending time in developing countries and allowing yourself the opportunity to put a face on what real poverty is all about. I really don't think many people have a clue.