Many people very likely think of poverty as a permanent state, and possibly for some that is the case. Poverty comes in many colors and degrees. Frequently poverty is a state of mind—that is we may tend to think of ourselves in a deprecatory way and therefore feel impoverished when in fact we are not. Poverty may in fact be defined as a state of existence whereby the minimum basic needs are deficient or at least marginal. Again, poverty may be temporary or permanent. Permanent poverty may be unavoidable (permanent disability, etc.). On the other hand, some permanent poverty may be and frequently is a “state of mind”—we simply enjoy being poor and marginalized. Temporary poverty is common to millions—we have minimal resources now , but are determined to better ourselves. Consequently we work extremely hard, suffer all sorts of indignities and efficiencies, but we keep our “nose to the grind stone”. and our vision straight forward to a better life—with a little help, we succeed.
So what should society do and think about poverty?. First and foremost, we should take care of those who are unable to care for themselves physically or mentally. Secondly, we should always be enablers of those striving for financial solvency until they achieve their goal. Thirdly, for those who “enjoy” poverty, we should attempt to assist in their psychological reprogramming—only possible in willing subjects (you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink). Beyond that we have no obligation as a society. Individually, we are free to do as our conscience dictates; however, busybodies frequently cause more problems than they solve—just beware. The world is full of scammers who feign poverty whilst at the same time are bilking the unsuspecting public.
If you want to hear a real life story of unimaginable poverty of a family of eight, who with extreme determination, hard work and a little help, all became extremely self sufficient (Doctors, teachers, accountants, mathematicians, career military) read my little book “Growing Up In Fancy Farm Kentucky”. It is available only by direct order from me. Email me– firstname.lastname@example.org .Hilary L Hunt