Here is a transcript for my video, sorry for the quiet audio in the beginning:
Upon reflection of my personal philosophy with help from concepts we have learned in this course, I recognized that as a sociology major, I have a unique perspective on the world in the context of the impact privilege, power, and poverty have on people’s lives. This perspective has given me a personal philosophy that continues to expand and evolve because of courses like the one we are in now. Concepts from this course like layered vulnerabilities and the everyday systematic violence that goes along with a life of poverty have helped evolve my personal philosophy about global health.
One of the biggest things that I have learned from this course, specifically from my research on my debate topic is that when society helps the least well off achieve better health, society’s health overall benefits. One of the reasons I find this concept so relevant is because it applies to so many different topics ranging from halting a cholera outbreak in Northeastern Brazil to providing better access to better quality health care in inter-city Chicago.
The simplest way I can sum up my personal philosophy related to global health is that a society’s overall health is improved when it takes care of the health of the most needy or vulnerable. I think that any society cannot really be as well off as it may appear if there is a large group of disadvantaged individuals, no matter how invisible their poverty may seem. We have a social responsibility to work towards the ideals of equality of opportunity and fulfilling everyone’s basic health needs. Because of concepts learned in this course I have matured my personal philosophy on global health.
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