"It's not about being good or bad. It's more about beginning to feel that it is hopeless to keep trying."
These are words from a comment left on one of my YouTube interviews with someone struggling with poverty and addiction here:
One of the most striking things I've recognized when covering these topics hasn't been the lack of education or health or even resources--though these are all factors. The most striking has been the general lack of belief in these individuals in anything better happening in their lives.
Their ability to visualize a better life has been blocked.