A Vicious Cycle

Have you ever been depressed? Kind of a stupid question, I know. Did you notice how, when you were feeling down, those little things in life that you would otherwise handle were, all of a sudden, big deals? Yes, I know you have. The phenomenon is similar to what audio engineers call a feedback loop, which you know as that horrible screech you get when you bring a microphone close to a speaker.

It is a self-feeding cycle, and life is full of equally poignant examples. Poverty is also a cycle, which has a nasty habit of reinforcing itself. Today we’re going to divert from our usual ravings about solar ovens and cookstoves to watch a video that puts a face on poverty in Latin America.

And for a little different take, here’s one covering the Pope’s recent visit to Latin America, where he ties poverty to climate change.

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