In Reply to: Re: Neoclassical Theory posted by blue_flower on October 12, 2001 at 23:51:13:
In the interest of keeping our minds open and learning through controversy, I'm going to play a little devil's advocate here. While I believe that in many cases, some people who are poor don't have a choice and are not happy, I don't completely agree with our consensus around these issues.
First: We're defining happiness in terms of materialism. I think that to some degree, people have the power to make their own happiness. If you have a positive outlook and spend your life with those who you love, how can you not be happy. In other words, i should hope that if i get down on my luck one day, and don't have a lot of money, that i can still find a way to be happy.
Second: I should also hope that we aren't all locked into our circumstances and socialisation. My mother, for example, grew up in a very poor single-parent household with five children. she did not graduate from high school. while raising my sister and i as a single parent herself, she has worked extremely hard to work her way up, keep our family afloat, and increase her salary. i don't want to devalue the notion of hard work and sacrifice as it fits into neoclassical theory in this instance, because without it, i certainly wouldn't be studying at this school right now.
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