Tyranny of the Moment

Social isolation and the lack of social support are barriers to getting out of poverty. People get stuck in poverty partly because it creates what Paulo Freire calls “the tyranny of the moment.” When an individual is focused on simply surviving and the pressing needs of the day require immediate responses, they are forced into the tyranny of the moment. Poverty becomes self-perpetuating, in part, because people cannot get out of crisis mode long enough to plan for the future.

Jataun Wheeler and her Ally, Lorraine Carlson
Circles of Support Participant Heidi Cronick and her son, Zayd. Sue Frey, a dedicated volunteer Ally
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