What can a child who is born into poverty do to possible improve their position? They obviously can't. It is not that child's fault they are poor. As a society, it is our responsibility to give that child the best opportunity possible to improve their life. Unfortunately, we are not doing that and it is creating a cycle of generational poverty.
People do not want or choose to live in poverty. While it is true there are some that may be able to do better than they do, it is certainly not the normal case. People live in nations where there is no access to food, clean water, an education, or jobs. This is not because they want to. No sane person would be hungry, thirsty, cold, or poor on purpose.