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Turning to Rastafari to Escape Poverty

Updated on December 19, 2012

The first method of becoming wealthy is:


Don't worry about the fact that the hotels in Jamaica waste plenty of food when they create a buffet that is not eaten. The food just gets thrown out.. If you worry about others wasting food that is called JEALOUSY.

Remove jealous thoughts from the mind and work for your own assets.

Do not covet your Neighbour The blame game will not work within the Rastafarian movement. Yes, we are a movement therefore requiring a lot of movement of the hands and feet. The Rasta man or woman should always be in motion. Even while sleeping, we should explore our dreams.

One of the main reasons young men turn to Rastafari is to escape poverty. This is accomplished by re-aligning what are true assets and what are wants. Rastafarians know that a Rolex watch does not constitute real wealth. Our motivation, self-reliance, entrepreneurship and a farming agenda are the basis of wealth.


Re-Evaluating Motive

MOTIVE is related to MOTION

What are the reasons for getting out of bed and finding something to eat? What will you do with the energy gained from sleep rejuvenation and caloric intake? There has to be a reason why everyone is moving around.

If your motive is to pay off your credit card or a car loan then you have already lost in establishing the first step of establishing a true motivation. Here is a list of the wrong types of motivation;

  • To become rich
  • To prove to those that doubted you, that you can do it
  • Because you want to fit in
  • To satisfy your wife
  • To save for that vacation

All of these are really bad motives. The motivation is the foundation on which progress is built on. If the foundation is weak, then the building will simply crumble as more levels are placed on it. The most important motive is to actually enjoy what you are doing. The money will come as a side effect. The main effect is your happiness. In order to escape poverty, here are some motives that Rastafarians should first establish;

  • Happiness
  • Food to eat
  • Clean drinking water
  • Shelter
  • Secure environment
  • Enough resources in order to share


It is important to build up yourself first. After accomplishing this then you can consider those that are around you. It is human nature to feed first. Paying for the resources that is needed to keep the body fully functioning is number one. Thereafter you can pay for the basics assets and recurring costs that are needed to keep your business afloat.

For example, if you are an internet content creator such as myself. The first thing I do is to buy food and water to consume. The second objective is to pay the rent and the internet bill (this is the bread winner). The third objective is to feed the immediate family. Then trivial matters come after.

This method will work as long as you stay in motion. No one ever fails when their family is depending on them.

The farming agenda allows you to feed yourself and family and have surplus product for sale simultaneously.


If you are not willing to start a business, the only option is to work for someone that already started their own business.

Working for a company in order to secure a monthly wage may seem less risky. This is an illusion forced upon society through colleges and high schools. It is very possible to lose your so called secured job? A business can also fail, but guess what. The failure of your business is more dependent on the failure of YOU. There is not much control in a work environment. This is because the owner is laying you off in an effort to make the business more successful or competitive.

Would you not prefer to be the owner rather than the worker? Which option do you think banks find more appealing. Haven't you notice business owners have a greater opportunity to pay less tax.

Another reason why entrepreneurs are likely to escape poverty is due to the dynamics of owning a business. A business has an opportunity for exponential growth. This is very unlikely to happen in a work environment. More separate opportunities can arise while building a business. The owner of the business is forced to adopt and practice new skills that will provide useful if they ever plan to seek a job.

The Farming Agenda

Feeding yourself and family is the most important objective. STAYIING ALIVE IS IMPORTANT.


When young men turn to the Rastafarian movement, the first thing they learn is farming. This is because food does not come from supermarkets. Food comes from the soil. Everything that the eyes see is from the soil, which is called GROUNDATION in Rastafarian dialect. True wealth only comes from GROUNDATION which is the true foundation. We stand on it every day.


It is mandatory for every single Rastafarian to grow something. Seeds will no longer be thrown in the trash. The seed must be thrown away on fertile soil in the wilderness. The seed can develop into food for wanderers or the homeless.

In order to escape poverty, the earth should be seen as a source of wealth. It has always been this way. Do not fall for the propaganda trick that farmers are poor. Farmers are not poor they are simple humble. They feed the nation so that the nation can have energy to fulfill their own selfish desires.

People will have to grow food


A whole new mindset has to be adopted in order to establish true wealth. Poverty is a viscous cycle and a dangerous ego trick. To escape poverty, one has to re-establish what true HAPPINESS truly entails.

Contrary to popular belief, most Rastafarians are materialistically wealthy. I do not think it was their intention to accumulate such great wealth. Just by doing what they really love and enjoyed resulted in monetary rewards eventually. Bob Marley would be the most popular example.


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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Starting your own business does have an initial cost. Getting a job is an immediate source of income. A great part of the Jamaican economy is self-employed because there is no great monopoly like Walmart yet. However, there are no financial infrastructural system that supports start-ups.

      In this modern era, the true source of wealth is innovation. This economy is heavily monopolized. For example, the main source of energy is oil. Innovators of other energy sources are not welcome.

      The simplest form of self employment that I encourage is farming which is looked down on in a modern environment. The next level should be securing energy source. Then the next level should be an Internet business. That is just my thought. There are many ways to skin a cat.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Surprised to learn that the vast majority of Americans are poor! Most must purchase food from the grocery store or farm markets or eat at restaurants. I believe that is your definition for poor? So much for our streets being paved in gold and being the richest nation on Earth . . .

      No high-school or college here that I am aware of teaches that working for someone else is preferable to self employment. Creativity is encouraged.

      I have been self-employed many times. Sometimes the work involved could only be done in good weather. I lived up north where the work could not be done all winter and only on days that were NOT too cold or rainy the rest of the time. The money earned was enough to live all year with money for vacations and frequent meals at restaurants, and other things many people can't afford. There was a lot of free time as well.

      Some people thought my lifestyle was too unstable. They said they believed working a regular job for $5 an hour 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year (about $10,000 a yr before taxes) was better than my work which paid 3-4 times as much in less than half the time.

      Even when I explained to these people that I could make so much more in less than half the time at my work than by working for someone else, they were insistent that it was better to manage on the $10,000 and have a regular, dependable job, than to risk not having work sometimes and possibly making only 20,000 instead of the usual $30 to $40,0000 over the year.

      These people didn't learn that in school. In fact they were unable to rap their minds around the concept of making more money in less time and having no one to give orders and set one's schedule but oneself. In many ways intelligent people, but simply incapable of understanding that employers have the advantage over their workers and can as you said, terminate them any time they wish.

      Doing what some people consider stable, reliable, and safe is not taught in our schools. Not being able to understand the concept of self employment and the advantages of it is more of a flaw of genetics, since everything (in this case intelligence) is genetic.

      Sometimes it is a matter of what is 'normal' to the person who distrusts self employment. If they have not known anyone who is successfully self employed they may think there is no such thing. One day one of my students asked me if I had ever been in jail, as though that was a common thing, and she fully expected I might answer yes!

      More people than you might think have trouble imagining that there are people in the world with very different lives from there own. The girl who asked me if I'd ever been to jail had known a lot of people in her short life who had been to jail and so she thought it was normal and common for people to spend some time in jail. She had no idea what an insult her question was because to her spending time in jail from time to time was something a lot of people did.

      Perhaps schools in Jamaica teach their students that self employment is undesirable, but here in our schools that is not taught. In fact there are good classes at the university that can be very helpful to people who want to go into business for themselves, and some students already have established their own businesses.

      Finally, I do worry about grocery stores and restaurants throwing away perfectly good food. I even wrote a hub about it, how this country throws away 156 BILLION Dollars worth of perfectly good food every year.

      I am not jealous of these businesses that throw away all that food. I have plenty of food for myself. I am greatly disappointed and angry that so much good food is thrown away. We have millions of people in this country who are hungry and many who are homeless. It seems scandalous to me that anyone is throwing away perfectly good food that could help feed all of these people. It is wasteful in the worst way and it needs to change.

      An interesting hub and interesting how differently people think depending on their background and experience.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Natural Mystic. It will take some time to build up ones enterprise. patience is indeed a virtue.

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      Natrual Mystic 5 years ago from Florida

      Respect Rasta1, you hit the nail on the head about jealousy. Relying on your own artistic ideas, instead of another man's is priceless. It is a win, win situation...if you were your own boss. It might take a little time to reach certain "heights," but patience is a virtue.....Bless

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Mhatter99. Changing the nature of thinking is of the most importance. However, money seems to be the main confidence trick.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I tell you, it is possible to live free of money. One needs to change their thinking.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect billybuc. I know we share similar ideas about getting back to the basics of life. Jealousy is a big problem people encounter when evaluating their present wealth.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great points made and I agree with you completely. I love the anti-jealousy point, and concentrating on what we do have and how we can use our own talents. Excellent hub!

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Natashalh. It is a pleasure to see your encouraging comments. I am very flattered. I am a big fan of your entrepreneurial efforts and lessons on frugality.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      You are so right. Too often, people focus on how they don't have what their neighbors do have. I don't own a car, a TV, a couch, a microwave, any fancy jewelry, or any number of other things many people have. But those things aren't important to me and not what I want out of life. I work hard (and do lots on the Internet, like you!) because I want to better myself. I take pride in making, writing, and knowing that, while I don't have much, what I have is through and through mine.

      Inspirational hub!


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