The topic has been flying around my circle lately, and while the word poor is a very common word, I get the impression that people have very different views of the meaning. I am hoping for some clarifications of different positions. PS - I can look up the dictionary definition for myself. I am looking for viewpoints. I am putting this in Books, Literature, and Writing because I believe writers will have a better grasp of what I am asking rather than political/social science type of writers
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Well, a person IS poor if he/she has to live in a tent. A person IS poor if he/she had to work during school in order to have money for essentials. If that is not poor or being in poverty then what is?
Deprivation of material means is one way to define it, but for me, what matters more is a deprivation of power to change one's situation. I lacked material means, but not the power to change my circumstances.
I believe that KJ has a good point in stating that it is in the perception of the word. There are poor people in deeds, spirit, monetary worth and talent. You can be poor but yet successful.
If one is poor, he/she is LIKE likely to beome wealthy than those in the upper middle class who have MORE opportunities and advantages. The average poor and/or impoverished person is relegated to remain poor and/or impoverished. That is a fact.
Poor is not positive, in fact, it is indeed negative. Poor is lack whether a person is socioeconomically poor or a person is a poor student. Poor means subpar, not even average. Yet there are people who glorify being poor-who wants to be SUBPAR?
GREAT, SUCCINCT answer indeed. Being poor is struggling from day to day even to meet the very basic and rudimentary needs.
A great spiritual perspective on this question!
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