The increasing presence of well-heeled and middle class Dominicans in many of the city and what appears to be well heeled tourists zipping by on tour buses could cause a poor Dominican to question why they are poor.Originally Posted by boogieman
This is particularly true if the poor Dominican works hard and/or see's other people working hard and never getting ahead financially. At some point the poor Dominican will come to the conclusion that they want the Lexus and through personal experience or observation they come to the conclusion that working hard will not give them the means to buy the Lexus. However, since they don't "know" or they don't want to study and take the long road to riches, they would prefer to emigrate or win the lottery or do the easy thing which is to steal other peoples property.
They will come to the conclusion of stealing only once they have reached such low levels of self-worth and remove all inhibitions which prevented them from stealing in the first place (ie. they convince themselves that God does not exist, in order to feel in control of his/her life and thus validate the theft).
Don't be surprised if you ask 20 Dominicans what are the only ways of attaining riches, if the most prevailing answers would be winning the lottery or emigrating and small number of people mentioning education, entreprenuership, hard work, etc.
This is not a problem exclusive to the DR or developing countries since I remember reading a report a few months ago reporting on the alarming rate that lower and middle class Americans are falling in the belief that the best way of getting ahead is winning the lottery or being connected. It's quite a change from the previous generations who valued hard work and savings.