Absolutely. Poverty is a choice in the US. If you are single and work full time at a minimum wage job, you will be earning above the poverty line. Same can be said for a couple. In fact, a couple where one works full time and one works half time will be earning above the poverty line and that stays true even if they have one child.
You certainly need to work for your achievements. Get good grades in school, study, find a sport, work at it, get a sports or academic scholarship. It might not be easy, but so many people, famous and otherwise, have been able to come out of poverty using purely their talents
Undoubtedly poverty is a choice. No one comes with money nor he dies with it. The only thing matters is your will power. Today we have people who were poor but now they are rich. May it be any poor living in any part of the world he always has a choice to be rich. Just dream and chase it.
Poverty is a choice. If someone gets sick which throws the family into poverty, they could succumb and die. Or decide to fight the illness and to remain alive thus choosing the financial situation that decision has put them in. As dark as it may sound they could have forgone the impoverishment by dying or remaining ill.
In other cases, people lack the mental strength, self discipline, self-motivation, intelligence, or foresight to see a problem and fix it, or plan ahead. Therefore they remain financially less than to those whose priority it is to have good finances. Due to the fact that some lack the mentality and foresight to reach new heights, they are also of character that does not take responsibility for their own actions. Blaming everything and everyone but themselves for their own problems without regard to the fact that the problems are solely their own. And if you look closely these people would probably take credit for someone else's hard work if they thought they could get away with it.
Then there are those who live for social justice and this is the most flagrant case of poverty being a choice.
The only people it may not be a choice for is the mentally ill. They rightfully can blame their parents' terrible genetics or their mothers' terrible habits during the pregnancy. And should be taken care of by the healthy and able members of their families.
People remain poor by the actions they take. Whether you choose to have children you cannot afford or remain content with little, your lifestyle is a direct result of your actions and reactions throughout life. Some people are mentally lazy or lack the self discipline or self motivation to achieve great things. Other people are just not fit enough for living life and need others to make decisions for them (in which case welfare and obamacare).
Get good grades in high school and if you do extensive scholarship research you can go to school for very little. Intern at a job and work long hours and work diligently and they'll keep you. Get a degree and move on up in the world. Don't get pregnant at 18 or drop out of high school.
I feel like the people who are believe that people who are poor are a not to blame and blame their circumstances instead.... Have never lived in poverty. I grew up extremely poor. My mother was a meth addict and a prostitute. I chose that I didn't want to live my life like that so I went to college and I'm not rich by any means but I'm certainly not poor.
If you don't like your situation, then fix it.
As a man thinketh in his heart so he is. Some people are always eager to blame others for their condition instead of rising up and face the challenge life has thrown at them. This set of people always have problems of time management, financial management and misplaced priority. It is not until you pass through the four walls of a school before you become a success. Most of the successful people in the world today are people born without a silver spoon and most attempted to get to school but ended up a drop out. e.g Albert Einstein, Bill Gate etc.
As a man thinketh in his heart so he is. Some people are always eager to blame others for their condition instead of rising up and face the challenge life has thrown at them. This set of people always have problems of time management, financial management and misplaced priorities. It is not until you pass through the four walls of a school before you become a success. Most of the successful people in the world today are people born without a silver spoon and most attempted to get to school but ended up a drop out. e.g Albert Einstein, Bill Gate etc.
In the USA families arrive and better their lives with good hard work and accountability. However, as President once said, you need to pull yourself up by your boot straps. Other being disabled, a healthy and functional individual has all the opportunities to build a better life and not concede to dependency.
Many people who think poverty is a choice are basing their reasoning off of singular circumstances. Whenever the statistics are examined it is clear that social mobility in the United States is a very unrealistic concept. It is difficult - or even impossible for people to move between classes. The rich stay rich, and the poor stay poor. It is also disrespectful to say that people who are poor are lazy and unmotivated. People who say "you can live off minimum wage," are NOT the ones living off minimum wage. Poor people work just as hard as the rich, usually at jobs that are more physically and mentally grueling in the service sector. Also, people are definitely born into conditions out of their own control - that do not foster economic success, and that is reality for millions of American's in the United States. That is not a choice.
Poverty is generally not a choice. A person would rather live with food and a place to live and not be on the streets. Be honest, would you want to live on the streets with no food? Generally speaking , poverty is not a choice. But then again, it depends on the circumstances of the situation and the person. Some could be too lazy to be bothered. Others could hate the way they are living in poverty but don't have the qualifications or the skills to change it, or they could just be lazy and complain about being in it. In a way poverty is a choice, but in a way it's not. It depends on the person, the circumstances and the place that they live. The way the world is today, some people feel its a choice and others feel its not.
Poverty begins with children. Children born into poverty aren't likely to be going to a good school, that's simply the way it works. Kids that are at a poor school with poor teachers and insanely high drug use, drop out, and teen pregnancy rates are not being set up for success. That's not to say a child can't over come their circumstances, but it's incredibly difficult. Even if they are to over come their childhoods, what are the chances that a child can go to college while working long hours because they're paying for it themselves do well? It's not impossible. But it is incredibly difficult. Those children born into it, they didn't choose to be impoverished. And those that make choices that lead to them being impoverished, often times, that's the only thing they know.
No one chooses to be poor, but series of unfortunate events or poor choices people make can lead to financial destitute . For example, gambling addiction, getting into drugs, over-spending, or spurge on mistresses will make man poor. On the other hand, hard working folks who save can slowly walk out of the circle of poverty.
It doesn't take long for one catastrophic illness to catpult a family into poverty. Nearly a guarantee to end up on poverty road if said illness strikes a child. Parents are famous for spending that last dime to help their child any way they can. A blue collar worker gives 100% and wakes up to a pink slip after 20 years (the slide is so slippery), blue collar worker gets hurt at work, after work comp runs out the slide to poverty can get steep fast. Examples are endless of truly amazing people caught up and tossed onto poverty road by no real fault of their own. Before you claim there is help out there do your research, budget cuts, this recession, ongoing national crises' long ago dried up funding to help folks work out of it, Help is not there. Intelligent, genuine enthusiasm to do what it takes means absolutely nothing with zero opportunity.
Generally, no one would choose to live in poverty. Some people however do not always make the best choices in life and find themselves living in poverty because of the choices they have made in their life. So many of these people are born into a poor family and cannot find a way out. They do not choose this for themselves.
Poverty is generally not a choice. The majority of people in poverty were born into poverty and were not given adequate opportunities to rise out of poverty. These people don't know any other way of life. Then there are the people that are in poverty as a result of medical emergencies and other emergencies.
No, poverty is not a choice. Although some people may make choices that lead to poverty the majority of poor people were dealt a crummy hand. They either grew up in poverty, suffer from mental illness, or have setbacks that make it difficult for them to get ahead. It is easy for someone who grew up in a nice stable family and had a good education to get rich than someone who grew up in the ghetto to a dysfunctional family.
Some people choose to live in poverty, others were born into it, and some even unfortunately eventually came to poverty. Personally I know people who live on the bare minimum, both parent work for minimum wage and the children don’t get the opportunity to even visit a museum or go to a park. The people who are born into poverty usually have no hope for life to change, being raised in poor conditions can cause hope to no longer exist in there minds. The people who choose to live in poverty that i know work all day to provide bare minimum. They eventually give up and live off the government because trying so hard to provide was useless.
In some countries there are no places for higher education. If you are born int a country with none of these paces, and a family with no money ,and there are no jobs with decent pay, in your area, how are you going to find/ get money to travel to places that offer education / jobs for better pay?