How would our view of poverty change if we looked at it through the lens of fractal society and the fetish of the individual? Is the problem that one individual is poor in the midst of plenty? The world is filled with wealth and there is one poor person. That is one way to look at things. But is that poor person usually living in a poor neighborhood? If so, where does the “poverty” exist? Is in the person, or the environment?
Note: I don’t think most of what I’m writing about here is new – in that the invention of the Driget is new. Rather, I hope that I’m opening new perspectives to the world, new ways to look at “old things.”
So picture (it would be ultra-cool if we could do this online somehow, with actual graphics) a rich person in an environment of rich people. The daughter of wealth, like in The Philadelphia Story. Or the converse, Dan Ackroy and Eddie Murphy in “changing places.” Imagine that a wealthy individual looks like “this” and as people get poorer they start to look like “this.” Given the laws that “like attracts like” and “two likes often create a third,” the wealthy s-fract will become and stay wealthy. The entire environment is a fractal of wealth.
We can do the same thing with poverty (and this could be ethnic groups, or any relational community, je pense.) Layers and levels of s-fracts that have the appearance of poverty. The child, her parents, the family, the extended family, the neighborhood. The School is a poor school and provides little in the way of a good education. The market is a poor-person’s market, and probably doesn’t sell the healthiest of foods.
This example also points to the fetish of the individual. We tend to think that poverty or wealth – is intimately attached to the individual. People are rich or poor based on their own effort – that is the American way. It is a nice idea, but does it have any relation to reality? (Get somebody to do research on wealth and family wealth.) So it might be that wealth or poverty is not linked to individuals as much as it linked to families and social environments.