A search for root causes, and putting myself in other peoples shoes led me to EA. I did not accept poverty and death in the world as a given, and asking questions about root causes led me down a path of reading and questioning. It helped that I now try to put myself in others people shoes.
Trying to read about what people say in their own words. e.g.
Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India by Sujatha Gidla
Eyes off the Prize by Carol Anderson
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War by Joe Bageant