The world carries many global problems that seek help but are challenging to overcome. A global issue that has stood out to me throughout the semester, is the differentiation in social classes. Social class refers to the position an individual or group of people take on, in an economic system. The economic status of someone can determine where they stand on the “line”. It may refer to wealth and power. Based on the daily occurrences, people have become more aware of how the system within employment works.
The media has gradually influenced the daily news on poverty or how high in status someone might stand financially. Societies continuously evolve every year in terms of social class. For example, poverty has increased in many parts of the world. The United States has different cultures carried by different immigration statuses and distinctive financial beliefs. Social class is important, because it does create impact in societies. The problem with social class, is the big gap there is with poverty and wealth.
The global issue of poverty and wealth pertains to every single person in the world. The challenge to address the issue, is the difficulty to create a help for every single community in the world. There are many poor people in the world along with wealthy people, but there are not enough people who are financially stable who are willing to make a change in the drastic increase of poverty. Generally, when a wealthy person sees no harm to their financial status, they generally do not give enough support to those who need it. Not until they fall short themselves. Although different social classes exist, poverty is a major issue that falls below the “line”. There are many causes to the global issue including, lack of education, diseases, mental illness, overpopulation in cities, environmental issues, unemployment, recession, etc.
Moreover, the relation social class has to the human experience is divided depending on socioeconomic status. High social class people have a higher chance in receiving the best of the best there is to offer than lower class people would receive. High social classes have better access to healthcare, higher chance in receiving a better education, hold powerful positions and connections that may potentially benefit them. On the other hand, lower social classes get what is left. They do not necessarily have the same help or guidance those higher are able to receive. They experience suffering of all resources. Poverty experiences lead to higher risks of diseases, minimal or no health programs, lower status occupations, etc. Humans experience different economic and social conditions depending the social class they are in.
In regard to my personal life, the way I grew up, culture, country, etc. influence different people’s assumptions about the global issue of poverty. I was born in Arlington, Virginia. I moved a lot as I got older, because my parents had poor immigration statuses. When they had a job offer, depending the location of the occupation position, they would move. My parents were not born in the United States. It made life difficult for them, because they had come from a poor country, did not speak any English, were lacking education, and financial status was barely above the line.
The older I got, the more I would learn and understand from my parents and the way of life. My parents grew up in a completely different culture, with a different economic system. They struggled financially for many years. My family faced many struggles, but it influenced their perspective on poverty. They realized how hard one has to work to live in a country where everything is money. No matter what someone has, everything may be taken away quicker than they expect. The context shows different perspectives that share how an experience in poverty can be completely different than someone who’s never lived through it.
My perspective on the global issue of poverty revolves around all people. I believe the issue affects everyone in some way, because there are many causes that could drastically lead to the increasing of the problem. Addressing poverty is challenging as it involves the whole world and not a specific place or country. Everyone carries a different reason behind their socioeconomic position. Followed by that, overpopulation is a huge factor in the economy system and my viewpoint on the issue may differ to other viewpoints. Many people still lack genuine information on global issues concerning social class. Not knowing what humans are living through or being closed minded towards worldwide issues, may create the growth of bias. For example, stereotyping poor people as lazy or dumb.
Acquiring socialization understanding is important in societies, as it may encourage involvement of all social classes without stereotyping. The less engagement there is on the issue, the more consequences there will be including the economic divide between people. There are both very poor and very rich people. Levels of social classes may severely impact lives, as statistics determine the capability of socioeconomic positions. For example, social classes influence the quality of family lives, physical health, criminal justice rates on crime, etc. There is a higher rate in divorce for lower class families, lack of funding in school systems and a big difference in equality concerning the levels of social class issue.
Furthermore, addressing global issues potentially brings out more of a person. I have learned how being open-minded and accepting to different perspectives and beliefs creates change in societies. To be human involves, helping, fixing and serving. Throughout the semester, I was able to learn more about what it is to be human. My understanding on the meaning of being human has not changed compared to the beginning of the semester, but it has expanded. As humans we are meant to want to know more. I still believe having experiences in a society is part of being human. People have desire to grow, but not all people want to engage their growth with addressing the challenges that occur in the world.
The process of being human involves the phases of life. It means making mistakes and using those mistakes to do better. Helping people who need help or who ask for help is a step to change. Being human means opening up to oneself before reaching out to fix what needs to be treated. It includes the value of oneself beyond just having a body and brain. All human beings have a purpose in life and serve their own identity. Demonstrating both physical and mental capacities is being human. Having morals and values that create some sort of guidance in life and as an individual demonstrates purpose in society.
Each human being has the ability to develop new qualities and evolve into someone stronger. Humans are meant to teach, give, love and accept. Relating back to global issues, being human in a society influences the understanding and meaning behind life. To be able to understand and spread awareness on global issues is being human. I personally believe the more experienced the human, the better they will be. Being focused on growth from within and serving humanity is important. Humans have moral standards that can help provide contribution to the world. Being human is establishing a connection with life and using one’s capacity to create social relations with other humans.
Surrounding myself to different viewpoints has helped develop additional agreements with what I think being human is. As aware as I am with society and the different people that live in it, I always carry my own perspective on life and global issues, but I keep my mind open to what others have to say. Having a personal opinion on topics has not affected or created a change in what I believe a human is. Although there were a ton of different viewpoints, there were many similarities relating to religion and how it connects to the human life. At the end of the day, everyone knows both learning and evolving serve an immense purpose in human life.