Breaking the transmission of the intergenerational disadvantage

Dr Baljit Singh

Awareness of health and social risk factors is the key to successful living in a society full of challenges. It’s also essential to stay in good shape. We may gain wealth, but once we fall into bad habits, the wealth disappears.

Intergenerational disadvantage means children in low-income families become poor adults as their parents’ income determines their current consumption of goods. Or maybe the socioeconomic circumstances in which they live put them in the same boat of poverty.

Poor children often miss school, engage in child labour, face abuse, crime, anxiety and depression, and lack general well-being such as health care, malnutrition, housing and low self-esteem. 

This way, they might lag behind compared to other students who go to school. If poverty is reflected in their adulthood, it means they are unable to break out of the conditions of poverty in which they live and grow up.

Create a higher purpose in life. While poverty is a curse, learning more to get a better job means better income and better working conditions as well as promotion and socio-economic status. These are the realities of life. Every parent wants their children to go to school and earn a living. If the parents are poor, it doesn’t mean children cannot progress.

Being poor doesn’t mean you can’t do extraordinary things. In many cases, despite living in poverty, many children have become the focus of attention due to their instinct (natural ability). They have become top athletes, writers, composers, doctors, professors, etc.

Check your behaviour. Behaviour is an inherent characteristic of human beings and will not change. Our actions will have positive and negative consequences for individuals, institutions, nations and ourselves. Maintaining a positive and positive attitude is crucial.

Learning and good behaviour can take us far in any area of ​​life—education, work, or general well-being. Certain forms of genetic behaviour come to us through family processes. A friendship between two wrong people will exhibit similar behaviours and thoughts. Doing the right thing is crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Stay away from the health-risk factors such as smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking alcohol, gambling, etc. Consuming these goods means wasting money on these products and bearing the health consequences of not being able to go to school or work and losing a job due to poor health. Additionally, there is worry, anxiety, sleep deprivation, financial burden from medical bills, and deterioration in health for the family. 

Create a conscious vision for individual and collective progress. People with similar interests (money, reputation, and power) in business and government may look after each other’s interests to the exclusion of others. Channels of exploitation can be religious, fighting against each other for economic and political gain. 

Beware of international crimes committed by a country or individual by politicizing people and politics for overt or covert gain. Social crimes can spill over into the international arena, so people and international students must remain alert to these aspects.

It is essential to understand the social, economic and political environment that may adversely affect your progress. Poverty, social, economic and political exploitation drive people away from their countries and countries to learn by seeing the differences in behaviour, policies and ideologies

The one who came up with the slogan – my country, my community, my people, etc. – They serve their own interests by making others think they are patriots. But in fact, they are the most dangerous because their slogans affect minorities, because it creates an environment of worry, riots, genocide, which has a never-ending impact on health.

In good places, we can see more than what we can see – work or family activities. 

A free economic system is not free from government intervention. Unemployment benefits can help people avoid hardship in their lives. The idea is that even if parents are behaving badly, children can still go to school and learn.

The idea is to create a society where people can make a living and live a good life without becoming poor. There are many billionaires, but I continue to work to support my family. 

This sense of individual responsibility is crucial for children’s progress in school and in general. Even so, the social, economic and political environment affects all people, directly or indirectly, through certain channels. There are immediate consequences and there are slow consequences.

Dr Baljit Singh is a Ph.D. Economics from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

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