Melanie Scheller's On The Meaning Of Plumbing And Poverty

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A claim the author Melanie Scheller uses in her writing, “On the Meaning of Plumbing and

Poverty” is “People whose children think they deserve the conditions in which they live and hold

their heads low to hide the shame. But they’re not the ones who should feel ashamed. No

they’re not the ones who should feel ashamed.” I agree with this claim, but I feel like it depends

on the situation. Kids should not feel ashamed nor should anybody make them feel ashamed

about being poor. In this writing I’m not going to be talking about children only, but I will be

talking about people in general.

The worst thing of poverty is not actual living of it, but the shame of it. Poverty, in general,

carries a lifetime guilt along with
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But it’s important not to judge the people who are living in conditions that seem

terrifying to you because you don’t know what they’ve been through, nor you know what caused

them to be in this situation.

Poverty is not always a personal choice, but a reflection of society. Difficult circumstances

causes people to end up being poor, even if it’s not in their control. People are in poverty

because they find themselves in holes in the economic system that deliver the inadequate

income. Being low on money is a reflection of overpriced goods, high insurance cost and bills.

Everyone has a choice and every choice has consequences. Everyone 's path is

different. Kids that are embarrassed to be in public because of their dirty unironed clothes or

because the lack of money their family has should not feel shameful or guilty. Everyone falls on

hard times at one point in their lives. It’s very interesting that even most of the lazy kids from

the rich families have a brighter (financial) future than many of the kids who are

hard-working but live in poverty. Anyone who claims that, for all people to get out of
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