Yes, there are people who are satisfied, even quite content being poor, even impoverished. They have a mindset, consciousness, & psychology of passivity. They feel that they are powerless. They also believe that society, the man, or the powers that be are against them. They further believe that success is beyond their purview & they might as well be satisfied with crumbs.
They also have quite a negative view of life. They feel that they are at the world's toe. They feel that they always have to fight. They see life as a continual lower purgatory, if not hell. There are some among the poor who see life as hell on earth. They also imbue that negative philosophy to their children. They also have a negative attitude towards money. They may feel that money corrupts one. They can also contend that money leads to extravagance. They may even feel superior because they are poor & struggling. They maintain that it is a badge of honor to be struggling for that makes one stronger.
Many poor people are anti-achievement because they feel that such things creates an inauthentic person. They believe in living for the moment. There is a theory called the culture of poverty which states that the poor are believers in immediate gratification. The poor oftentimes act & do things without considering the future ramifications of their acts. In other words, poor people INSTINCTIVELY act, never think. Much of the poverty in poor American communities occur because poor people possess the characteristics which continues poverty.
Many poor people deride education, believing that education is not for them or their children. If their children or anyone else in their lives are interested in education, the latter are oftentimes criticized for being interested in education. The poor value street credibility &/or knowledge over academics. They view the survival mode as superior to the higher human needs. They inculcate their children in such values.
When it comes to work, the poor do not believe in advancing themselves when there are opportunities. They view work as a tolerable, onerous tasks instead of an avenue to a better life. They are content to remain at the bottom, oftentimes making excuses as to why they cannot advance themselves. They are also jealous of those who advance themselves, adopting a crab in the barrel mentally either covertly or overtly. They figure that if they do not succeed, NO ONE ELSE is going to either......