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  1. Introduction
  2. The hardships of shift work
  3. Illiteracy and lower class
  4. People with a history of low quality jobs
  5. The social norm
  6. Usage of money
  7. Making an extra effort to help the lower class
  8. Conclusion

It has become a social norm in our society today, to be more concerned with personal wellbeing, then with that of someone else. This can be seen as a very selfish way to look at life, and it tends to be characteristic of many upper and middle class citizens in this country, and throughout the world. These individuals tend to take their social status for granted. They might think that a bad day at work, or hard time at home with the family might be the end of the world, and that their life is falling apart, but what these people do not realize is that there are so many people out there in worse situations then their own.

[...] However thinking this way about homeless people puts an umbrella over all of them, classifying them all as bad people. Some of them might not be homeless, and they really do need to stand on the corner and beg for spare change in order to feed their families. When I think about this, that angel on my shoulder gets the best of me, and I came up with a way to help them out. My mom and I made care packages to hand out, instead of handing out money. [...]

[...] Personally I can't decide on one opinion or another. In some circumstances I think as a general public, we should help those in need, because if we were in their position, we would be having just as hard as a time, and probably hope for some sort of aid. However it is difficult to help people when you don't know them, or their background. An example of this is the fact that I live close to Washington, D.C. and it is not uncommon there to see people begging for pocket change on the street corners, or outside of busy buildings. [...]

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