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I do think that whilst one does not always lead to another, poverty may drive people to do things that may not always align with their morals or desires. Poverty may leave people with fewer options but to commit crime in order to ’get by’ in life.
Poverty does not lead you to crime because crimes lead you to problems you can not solve, the time you spend committing crimes is waited as you could get a better way of solving your problem of poverty.
Poverty is good when you do not steal but when you steal poverty is bad…
My opinion on this will be in a biblical way, the love for money is a root of all kinds of evil, many people think it says money itself is evil but it does not matter, if one is rich or poor one can desire money in both situations
Even if you are poor, you should behave well and not commit crimes because if you behave well, people are more likely to help you if they think you are a good person.
to your question above, I would like to comment with some song lyrics from Tanya Stephens ”The Sound of My Tears”… She explains it so well.. ”Any people who don’t spend enuff to provide for the poor You won’t be able to spend enuff to protect the rich Think poverty a poor people problem? Think again how much people problem How can I be good? When it is so much cheaper to be bad How can I survive when the chances I don’t have? Me have to hustle How can I promise me a go change When me legal life is above my price range, me have hustle? The law forbin’ me to carry a gun but my enemies have one Me na gone run now me have to buss it They want me to call the police But me a dem already in some serious beef me now gone trust it We use to be the best of friends But politcs a cause the whole a we face for bend me can take it This one bag a orange turn green And the whole a we a play for the same fucking team That now gone make rude bowy not no make What me say wo, a wo, o, o, o, o, o (This a the sound of my tears) Wo, a wo, o, o, o, o, o (Most time they fall from there peers) Wo, a wo, o, o, o, o, o (This a sound of your pain) Wo, a wo, o, o, o, o, o (Let it rain) How can you judge they way how me live? When you don’t provide me with no good alternative me a have to juggle The way tings a run me can’t take it no more I rather to be dead then poor me nah gone struggle Can’t afford to buy my son a slice a bun How me gone convince him to drop the gun He nah gone listen You think him gone follow good advice from what him Got over the phone from his father who’s still in a prison And all who a love the ghetto the youths pon TV And come a streets and hype up dem way me have to let go And all who a say a solider couldn’t last a day In a hour postion dem for let go yah rude bowy Don’t make them stress you ma have a turn over this Yeah, and tell them Tanya said so Yo acknowledgment is the first step to all the solution But everybody a act like they a not part a the problem And the minute the youth a really get out of the slam Is like there mind completely out of the slam Soon they want everybody start call them big man and boss And the only time they go back to the hood Is when the want floss sorry”
That’s a great song – do you think music like this can help to challenge inequality?
I’m sure it can contribute. Speaking the words of those who isn’t being heard. You can spread messages, encourage people and to make them feel united.. I like when Tanya says ”How can I promise me a go change When me legal life is above my price range”, so to answer the question, what can they do that they haven’t tried in order to live a legal life. And we could also talk about what kind of crime could be a result of poverty and why. Is it a crime to steal food when you are starving for example.
I would like to think people of any income level who rob, rape and murder do so because they lack a functioning conscience and moral self-control. It is not material poverty that causes violent crime, but poor character and responsibility
poverty makes a person to get involved in crime forinstance stealing and murder.
No poverty doesnt make you to do crimes,because on the streets of jinja you can collect scrap. pick plastic bottles, sell them to get money therefore u cant do crimes.
But what if you couldn’t find any scrap or bottles Ibula – if you had no money and no way of making money would you consider crime as another answer?
It is always good to understand your situation because the moment to act bad people start distancing from because you never have good character in other words you loose friends
Do you think that having supportive friends and family can stop you from committing crimes, Timothy?
Najib: not everyone seems to know that doing crime only makes your situation worse
Does crime always make your situation worse? Sometimes you get away with it and it can make things better!
As many have said here, I think it’s down to each persons individual situation as well as values, culture and religion. The way you have been nurtured by your surroundings plays an imperative role in the decisions you make i.e. to steal or not.
Crime is not just stealing though is it? What about abuse in the home? Does poverty make it more likely?
I think if you have a family to feed and no means of doing this, then absolutely crime may be an avenue you pursue in order to provide food. Crime can be positively or negatively motivated – I do believe there are times when people are driven to make decisions (on crime) in order to keep themselves/their family safe/fed/watered; which may involve something illegal/negative but it is the only option (in their mind) left.
Lets work together so that no people have to go into crime because of poverty – hold hands together friends and we shall succeed
I agree Eva – how do we achieve this? How do we get people to work together?
hard work team work and friendship
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