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Experiencing Poverty
7 years ago
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Hello Everyone,

                        I would like to know how many of us really know how it feels like to be poor, to starve, to hold ourself back from our needs? Some poeple are very nice to be concerned about Poverty. But have those poeple worn the shoes of poverty? Removing poverty not only means providing a homeless person a house, but also it means understanding the pain of the poor one. I am sure out of all the things they need, they would like for someone to understand them and help them. In order to understand them better, one must experience what they go through their daily lives. They must experience the pain a poor person goes through. So you will personally know how exactly a person living in poverty lives his/her life. Saying is alot easier then doing. Saying that i feel bad for poor people, i want to help them isnt enough and it does not really reveals your true understanding about a poor person. If you want to truely and personally help end poverty i think its good idea to wear the shoes of poverty for fews days and feel what hundreds and thousands of people are feeling right now that this moment! That should encourage you more to help make a difference becuase YOU WILL NOT WANT EVEN YOUR ENEMY TO FEEL THAT WAY YOU FELT WHEN YOU DIDNT HAVE THE THINGS YOU NEED TO SURVIVE AND YOU KNEW THAT IN ONE WORLD THERE IS A RICH PERSON WITH BILLIONS AND BILLIONS WASTING HIS/HER MONEY OF MATERIALISTIC THINGS INSTEAD OF HELPING YOU. THAT IS WHAT POVERTY IS ABOUT.

This is my opinion, some poeple might not feel this way and some might. No offense to anyone. I am a 16 year old, trying to learn and gain more knowledge then just what i know. If you see anything wrong, please feel free to let me know and share you opinion with me. Who knows maybe your opinion might change my thinking about this issue. I would like to broaden my horizonses and i believe this is a great place to start from.

7 years ago
I haven't had a weekday job since my mom died last year. I am struggling to pay my bills, to pay for food, and gas for transportation too. I have to borrow money from my family, including my son. I have a fixed state income which barley gets me by for the whole month.
7 years ago
Thank you for a great post Nikha....
By circumstance I have tried during 2 years in the US to live both on the top of the hill and among the poorest of the poor. I married a quite wealthy american woman, and we lived not as billionaires, but a life with no concerns about the daily needs. But just because a person have all material needs covered, they can be poor in ohter ways, and she had serious mental problems which emerged after we started living together, to a point where I had to get out to save my life, thus ending up living 7 months in a homeless shelter ( I got good legal support and etc, but as US members of the group knows, an immigrant and being single person, you get zip-zero eceonomical help ). Of course it was rough, but now being back in Denmark and having a good job and income, I can see it in perspective and must say, that the "poor" thing about it was less a lack of material needs covered, after all though having no cash, the shelter for 2 hours job recycling newspapers, provided me with both food, a warm bed, a daily shower, clothes - What was problem was that the adress seemed to be a hindrance for moving on. I applied for a lot of jobs, but all you could get living there was day labour.
I think the word "poor" is very relative - a poor person living in the US would for a person living in poverty in Africa seem to be very rich. If you have to walk for an hour each day just to fetch water, a person with sanitation and a car will seem like a billionaire. On the toher hand people with all material needs covered can be very "poor" in emotional happiness, personal relations, while a person living a quite simple material life, may be "rich" ... however you can be living in a state of material poverty, that deprives you of the possibilities to do much else than struggle to survive. I'd prefer to use the term "to live in poverty", rather than "being poor". I'd like us to focus more on the capacities in people than what they lack, other than the lack of opportunities to express their capacities.

This post was modified from its original form on 21 Jan, 12:28

This post was modified from its original form on 21 Jan, 12:28
So true
7 years ago

Your words Soren are so heartfelt and so true. Poor is a relative state. There are many ways and many levels to be poor. And to those with no indoor plumbing or transportation we here in the U.S. with our substandard plumbing and old cars would be considered wealthy. And in their countries we would be. In the end we have to remember the economy of the countries involved. Working for $5 an hour in the U.S. is the same or worse in places like New York City as $1 a day in a third world country. This is why micro loans work well in third world countries but would never work in the U.S. For a $50 loan here wouldn't buy you one days rent in most American cities. What can be gained for a family in Africa or India for just $50 would require $500,000 in most American cities. Poverty can extend, it has the potential to eat away at a person like a cancer. It destroy's your sense of purpose, your identity, your health both physical and emotional, as well as your hope, faith and belief. This I believe is especially true in the U.S. where the have and have nots pass each other on the streets every day and the gap is so wide. You were very correct regarding what you said about a persons address in the U.S. it can and does stand in the way of advancement, often times it is not so much your ability your education or your talent that matters as it is your address. Another thing that stands in the way of pulling out and pulling forward is that if you have certain talents and abilities but no money to invest in yourself say to go to a conference where you will meet others who can help you then you are fighting an uphill battle. If your clothes or shoes are all wrong then you will be denied a job a chance to pull up and pull out of where you are. And lastly another source of discrimination in the U.S. is the car you drive. I have a 20 year old station wagon that has seen its better days, and finding anyone who takes me seriously is next to impossible. I have been told that had I not picked that car to drive up in I would have had the job. What does the car I drive have to do with my ability as a writer? To answer Nikha, the pain and the disappointment of poverty is multi-pronged and it comes from many directions and there is no one way to fix the problem across the globe. But it can be fixed with her generation if they choose never to forget that it is out there, and that it is made worse by acts of discrimination. Discrimination of fashion, transportation, and ability - the ability to: travel, to get educated, to live in the nicer neighborhoods, to have access to dental care (for my teeth have been a stumbling block for me as well) medical care, optical care. And these are just the major road blocks that those in financial straits have to deal with. But always we should endeavor to see the poverty that exists within the masses of the haves. For here it is quite painful to watch - to endure. The only thing worse than having no money to pay the rent is to have all the money in the world to pay the rent and having no joy.