Margaret Mead, an American cultural anthropologist and writer, said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” And now in this world of roughly 7 billion people, with an ever-widening income gap, those “thoughtful, committed citizens” are needed the most. With nearly half the worlds’ financial resources available to about 1% of the population, it is no wonder that the slippery slope of poverty is getting steeper. Also interesting to note are the diverging opinions regarding the work ethic, altruism, and circumstances of both the poor and rich. The following visual touches on the international income gap with a focus on the United States. With each passing year, the national income gap is widening, making it harder to slow down the gap, never mind closing it. Though this issue is ongoing, so are the people fighting to help break the cycle. With jobs in social work and career counseling that educate citizens, ease individuals’ burdens, and allow more people to find fulfilling work, progress is possible.
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