We make choices every hour, every minute, and every second of our lives; whether big or small our choices are slowly putting us in the direction we choose or end up. Many of us do not realize what contributes to the choices we make and why it affects others the same way if affects us and because of this many authors and writers have written stories and articles about coming to terms with making a choice and how to better ourselves when it comes to decision-making for the future.
In life poor decisions are made which leads to repercussions that can land anyone in a difficult situation. For example, A teenager drops out of high school, hangs out with a negative group of friends who encourage rebellion, and ends up uneducated out in the streets doing illegal activities; that choice to leave school has created many other problems because of it. In the poem “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks, Brooks gave a genuine answer to what commonly happens when the negative choice of dropping out of school can lead one; “We Left school, We Lerk late, We die soon” (732-733). Many people drop out of school and become very successful however that is not the case for all people so when a kid makes that choice poor things can happen.
Since poor choices are made frequently throughout life what factors contributes to wrong choices? Tom Scheve, is a writer for “HowitWorks.com” and he says “The stress of making the decision can be what sets us up for failure. Humans are highly motivated to avoid making choices they regret. This hard-wired fear of doing the wrong thing can lead to stress so great it affects your decision making -- to the point where you make a choice you wish you hadn't.” With that being said not only does stress lead to bad choices but stress also affects the brain in a negative way as well causing us to continue making negative choices. Just like in the “We Real Cool” poem when one negative choice is made others will follow because it takes bad toll on the brain. The effects of making bad choices are inevitable for some because of the environment and living situations of the individual. Derek Thompson wrote an article called “Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions” on the Atlantic website states that bad decisions maybe inevitable because of their predicament and that sometimes the wrong choice can be the right choice for that person. Many scientists overtime have studied the art of choices and its complexity in life, shining a different light on how making the right choices are never cut and dry, that does not blame the person for their choices but the life they’re living. Stress caused by poverty can abrupt one’s thinking but maybe their “bad choice” is the right choice and smart decision for their outcome. Poverty could have been a factor in the choice of dropping out of school in Brooks’ poem.
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