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Why the "p" in poverty should be capitalized

Updated on January 26, 2010

Capital letters...

Capital letters, as all people know, work to identify a person, place or thing. All three of these, unfortunately, are exactly what poverty has become. This concept of a economic state no longer exists, as within this technologically advanced age, society now knows its effects on everyday people. In essence, poverty has become: a person; cut off from the necessary food, water or shelter to meet his family’s needs, a place; so desolate and lacking in capacity that countless are turned away, and a thing; representing the efforts of humanity to combat this disease, not showing progress or regression, but merely being.

From the streets of LA to the slums of India, Poverty is becoming physically real within our world, making it is useless to refer to it as merely a form.  Plato postulated that the World of Forms consisted of that which the human mind could not perceive.  Unfortunately, this is no longer the case.  With the insatiable human thirst for personal gain, this lower class has gradually precipitated from the population, slowly making its decent to the bottom of society.

In Marxist terms, this group has in effect become a sub-proletariat class, fighting against all in order to rise from the endless hole which is Poverty.  In order to eliminate this Poverty, humanity must unite against the compelling force, which is greed, and stomp it out through whatever method deemed appropriate (whether that be microfinancing or charity).

As declared by the World Nations Conference of 2000, our poverty levels are too high.  While the goal is currently to decrease poverty rates by half by 2015, we are hardly on a track towards success.

We must change.  We must adapt.  We must consider the community.

Communist ideals don’t have to be adopted in order to accommodate a competitive society.  Humanity must simple come to a common level of understanding about what every man and woman is entitled to.


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    • nell79 profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      Poverty is an unfortunate reality in the world we live in and it doesn't discriminate in the cultures/races/countries where it resides.

      It would be ideal to have people stand together to eradicate it, but much like the goal of world peace, it's an undertaking that would have to take the majority of the world to accomplish. There are things that people can do to help on the small scale, but every little bit makes a difference. Still, it's a subject most choose to ignore.


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