I don't think your explanation of staying stuck in the ghetto or with the ghetto mind set, is completely about ego, because how does one comprehend a reality, with no experience of that reality? I think your answer assumes we all share the same reality, and that isn't true. To function in someone's else reality, requires having to know something about it. A young person doesn't strive for jobs that are so far from his reality, the jobs are not even part of his consciousness. A young person doesn't save for a home, when owing a home is completely outside of his consciousness, and impossible dream that is dismissed.
We all have our comfort zones and we tend to stay inside them. This is not about ego, but about feeling comfortable or uncomfortable. Like staying in a miserable marriage, because the known is better than the unknown. Dressing well and going a classical concert, takes some getting use to, and it helps to do this with family or a friend. If a person doesn't know someone who dresses and attends classical concerts, this is unlikely to be a chosen activity.
Many attitudes and behaviors and even our self image, develop from our experiences.
I don't agree, not because of what you said but because human nature is the same all over the world. What you say can apply to different civilizations who have totally different values, but even that is fast disappearing into a global community. Yes, we do share a common reality.
Our experiences may be different but not so different that the values themselves change. Just because you moved from a poor neighbourhood to a rich one does not change your values, only your daily experience. If you are honest in one world, you will tend to be honest in the other. If you respect others in one world you will continue to do so in the other. This reality does not change, unless you change.
I have known people who lived in a poor neighbourhood and they have remained true to those values we consider positive. I have known rich people I wouldn't trust with a single Euro.
The place does not make the value of the person, that ultimately belongs to the person himself. That is why we have people who have fought and overcome impossible odds to make something of themsleves, to make their dream come true.
Being stuck in a ghetto does not make you stupid, nor does it make you ignorant, you only become that by choice, because that is what you prefer. Those people have knowledge of other types of life, they just consider those people suckers, and victims, they are prey. Ultimately it is about ego, and what you consider to be of value to your life.
As another poster said, if I stick a knife into you to rob you, you are nothing to me, just a source of income. If someone sticks a knife into me, I am the victim crying for mercy, don't I deserve it?
The same person understands both sides of the argument and they know... Don't do unto others, what you would not have them do unto you.
But the choice is theirs.