I think that poor people choose to be poor. If people don't want to be poor then they can work for money like normal not poor people. As all rich people know it is harder to be rich than poor. It's their fault if they have a mental illness. Oh yeah.
People do not choose to starve, die of preventable disease and watch their children grow up uneducated and stunted. If poverty was a choice, why would millions around the world live like they do? Poverty is caused by a cycle of never going to school, having low-income jobs, not eating enough and getting sick, and being unable to work and earn money to educate the next generation. Often there is little people can do about their low standard of life, without training and intervention.