Seems Our Forefathers Were Different

After reading this, it makes me wonder how our fathers and grandfathers came through the Great Depression and made America the most powerful nation on earth.   This article may be true for today but it wasn’t only a few generations back.

You saw the pictures in science class—a profile view of the human brain, sectioned by function. The piece at the very front, right behind where a forehead would be if the brain were actually in someone’s head, is the pre-frontal cortex. It handles problem-solving, goal-setting, and task execution. And it works with the limbic system, which is connected and sits closer to the center of the brain. The limbic system processes emotions and triggers emotional responses, in part because of its storage of long-term memory.

When a person lives in poverty, a growing body of research suggests the limbic system is constantly sending fear and stress messages to the prefrontal cortex, which overloads its ability to solve problems, set goals, and complete tasks in the most efficient ways.

This happens to everyone at some point, regardless of social class. The overload can be prompted by any number of things, including an overly stressful day at work or a family emergency. People in poverty, however, have the added burden of ever-present stress. They are constantly struggling to make ends meet and often bracing themselves against class bias that adds extra strain or even trauma to their daily lives.

And the science is clear—when brain capacity is used up on these worries and fears, there simply isn’t as much bandwidth for other things.

 

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3 Responses to Seems Our Forefathers Were Different

  1. bogsidebunny says:

    This article reeks of typical Liberal bullshit that creates VICTIMS rather than achievers and people with the ability to bear down and get on with life.

    Example:
    ***”When a person lives in poverty, a growing body of research suggests the limbic system is constantly sending fear and stress messages to the prefrontal cortex, which overloads its ability to solve problems, set goals, and complete tasks in the most efficient ways.”***

    My parents went through the great depression and even related stories of their “deprivation”. Beans on toast 4 nights a week, lunch was salt sprinkled on a slice of white bread, cardboard stuffed into shoes with holes in the soles, newspaper under thin coats to keep the cold out, etc. But they never saw it as a burden they had to bear. It was normal because their friends were experiencing the same. I forget who said it but basically my parents didn’t know they were deprived because all their friends were deprived too. On top of that the curse of the internet and “social media cancer” didn’t exist. So my parent’s universe was their immediate family, school mates and friends.

  2. grayjohn says:

    A lot like living under Obama with the threat of Hillary looming.

  3. Leonard Jones says:

    This might go a long way to explain the Millennial snowflakes too. They are
    in a perpetual state of fear of being offended by words and that particular
    part of the brain does not engage in much problem-solving. (Especially
    if they are taking easy courses the liberal arts) The damage done to the
    brain is possibly magnified by the fact they do not read much. If one
    has to type words into an iPhone to answer a simple question, it is not
    the same thing as learning, it is regurgitating.

    I once read that as societies began to industrialize, one of the byproducts was a
    lower fertility rate. It looks like Mammy Nature may be smarter than we thought.
    I am reminded of the dystopia depicted in the movie Idiocracy, but I do not think
    it is accurate. Sure, the third world poor will still out-breed the intelligent and
    the successful, but I was just reminded of a recent story that said liberal males
    have substantially lower testosterone.

    Just as liberals are aborting themselves out of existence, Mother Nature is
    culling the herd of it’s weakest and most worthless members.

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