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Challenges, Limitations to Mind Shift

Updated: Jun 8, 2021

Warm Greetings!

Although it has been a rather quiet season our commitment stands. Thank you for being part of the conversation. Your inputs and insights shared on previous posts on Mind Poverty are taken note of and deeply valued. Indeed, we have shared a lot and so far the conversation has proven to be worthy.

A fact that transpired throughout previous conversations is that shifting one’s mindset is not an easy game. Mind Poverty, therefore, remains complex, emotive and provocative. But we need to talk about it if we are devoted to impacting poverty eradication efforts in our communities, states and the world positively.

Today’s post focuses primarily on challenges and limitations with the potential to constrain mind shifts, factors that are inherently key backers of Mind Poverty. As a human race, we ought to fight these ills tooth and nail to heal from the fatal ailment affecting us all in so far they negatively impact development within our environs. Research outcomes confirmed real case scenarios relating to challenges hampering poverty eradication, particularly in Africa. Below is a chart illustrating the opinions of respondents suggesting that change should start at the levels of top hierarchy whether at policy, technical and or community levels if there is a true wish to eradicating poverty in a sustainable way.

Among others, resistance to change tops the list with 80% of respondents confirming the ordeal. Our intellectual capacities, ignorance and lack of exposure in finding concrete solutions to challenges facing the universe also came under scrutiny. Egoism, tribalism, culturalism and religionism are all worse ailments than any deadly virus in the fight against poverty. On the other hand gender callousness and dependency, syndromes negate sustainable solutions to poverty eradication.

In addition, respondents highlighted the fact that it is and will never be easy to change people’s mindsets as behaviours stream from one’s upbringing, cultural, religious and educational backgrounds. What also came to therefore are issues such as resource limitations, superstition and failure to embrace new ideas in recognising the potential in others in efforts to eradicate poverty.

Respondents maintained that the top hierarchy must first change in attitudes, stop looting resources, and see everyone else as equal human beings for the rest to change.

Egoism, tribalism, culturalism and religionism are all worse ailments than any deadly virus in the fight against poverty”


Dr Daes

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