Poverty and Containment

Persistent poverty – not situational but persistent – is closely linked to an incapacity to contain oneself physically and emotionally. Mountains of junk spilling out onto balconies and front yards, public emotional outbursts, noise, odor, violence. This is a glitch in early childhood socialization that infects a whole life.

The people who train us to run around reciting our traumas want us to live in poverty. They tell us trauma is a badge of honor and neurosis is what makes you a good person but they know it’s really a dead weight that will keep us down forever.

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