I watched a Netflix documentary called Living on One Dollar. It’s about young American men who traveled to Guatemala so that they can understand what it’s like to live like the poorest of the poor. Since they were on a budget, they couldn’t eat that much, and they started to feel lethargic. Then I realized, the poor face this everyday. They lack nutrition, which affects their energy levels, and this also affects how they work.
Maybe that’s why there is a stereotype that poor people are lazy, but of course the stereotype is wrong. They are not lazy; they are malnourished and one cannot be at one’s peak of energy if one is in that state. And yet there are many poor people who are hardworking despite this. They work for hours in the rice fields or in dangerous construction sites. The young men in the documentary barely worked for a living during their stay in Guatemala. They had enough time to sleep when they were feeling too weak to get up. This is not a luxury that the poor can avail of. They have to work or else they’ll starve.
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