Tongue-in-cheek as it may be, The Onion always has some hidden truths. Here’s what they have to say about poverty.
For a more PC point of view, here is a nice piece by David Appasamy (Executive Director at Madura).
When you phrase a problem in terms of variables x and y and not real world quantities it allows you to solve it objectively without bringing in preconceived notions about the variables. For this same reason it is also helpful to look analogies. So here is one:
Lets say there is a pond into which water is poured from x different sources at various rates and leaves from y different sources at various rates. How does the water level change over time? To solve the problem you need to know the rates at which water enters and leaves the pond at different places relative to one another and the initial water level. Maybe valve two shuts off when valve one opens etc.
Now instead of a pond, lets say its a village. And instead of water, lets say its money coming in … Read More »