Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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Stuck in the middle with you.

Interesting piece here on people's views on poverty.

The most interesting thing being what people's views tell you about the way they view the world.

The majority of them, in this case, believing that they are in the middle - that they are 'normal'.

Which rings true with my experience talking about this with people - where nearly everyone from my just-about-employed-in-a-crap-job ex-student friends to my earning-in-the-top-5%-in-the-finance-sector friends believes that they are within the middle of the block - they aren't _that_ rich or _that_ poor, just a little bit out from the average.

I mean, I'm on 50% more than the UK median income (which is £450 a week), and _I_ feel normal.

The other interesting bit is that people feel that those above them must have earned it, while those beneath them are just lazy.  Which also rings true - after all, if _I_ can get this far, then anyone who put in a bit of effort could do it?  The answer, obviously, being no, but that doesn't match with human intuition.

Which means that if you want to get people motivated to help the poor then you need to make it very clear where people actually fall on the spectrum of income.

Which reminds me - anyone got a graph showing how much (working age) people in the UK earn?  Or some figures I could turn into a graph?
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