Did you know that APJ Abdul Kalam was a boatman. He used to carry people to the other side of the shore, and while the people were doing their chores and busy, he used to study chapters of physics. This is how we know him today. There are many other people who have escaped the vicious circle of poverty, without the help of others. Eminem also had a poor background. Many renowned people did. Eminem quoted," Fame hit me like a ton of bricks." Quoting Walt Disney, " If u can dream it, u can do it," and never forget these lines........ WHERE THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY.
Poverty is also a physical and economic state of being, and what effects body also affects the mind. Living in such deprived conditions physically, inevitably affects ones mindset. You'll find much of those in poverty just don't know any other way to live even when given the opportunity. So yes when one has lived all their life in poverty it also becomes a state of mind, because they've never known any better.
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If we think we are poor then we will be poor if we think we are rich we will be rich . Because man can do anything by using education. Man can invent so many things only by using education. So if a poor man is educated then he can also do great things. So poverty is not in the living sense it is the state of mind
It is just a single story.Finance is not the only thing that affects life .If you think yourself as rich you will become rich later. Money comes and goes like waves.Where there is a will there is a way
If someone calls you poor ,it is thier problem not yours. They are trying to compare you to others and as long as you ignore them thier words will do nothing and pass like a breeze.
I am not advocating that we do not help those who are not financially able to help themselves, but as an African, we need to start thinking differently and not looking to be help all the time. Some of us have risen from poverty. Being poor is therefore a mindset
As long as we fear and dread poverty, one can never come out of poverty. So, yes, I do believe to a large extents poverty is a state of mind. Subsidies by government do not bring one out of poverty, but it simply eases the pressure on livelihood, which may help one to figure a permanent way out of that poverty.
In some countries poverty is a forced condition. In the USA it is a state of mind and for some a life style. Someone that has a poverty mentality will be poor no matter what. Give them a million dollars, it will be gone with nothing to show. Quickly. I think most people confuse poverty with broke. There has been many times in my life I have not had any money. I was broke, poverty is totally different.
A lot of these folks think someone else owes them or is holding them down. The only person holding them back is there actions.
As an individual, we see things as it is, we probably see poor as poor and rich as rich, thats why wben a person is poor then he thinks he is poor, but actually being any of those is just a state of mind. If you think youre poor and stays with that statement forever then therefore i must say that you WILL be poor. Striving hard is always the key, having a GOAL is always the thing that matters most, so if you want to be rich then think of yourself as rich. It is a matter of acceptance. Have a possitive mind for a possitive life.
Why i say this is because, it is up to us to see things the way we see them. If u convince yourself you are poor and that you hve no way out if it, u will stay in poverty.. It depends on how you address the situation. If you address it in a negative way the results will be negative
a : the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions
b : renunciation as a member of a religious order of the right as an individual to own property
c : the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor.
Poverty is defined by how much money you don't have... It's not a mental thing. Ask a poor man with starving children and no home if this is all just a 'state of mind.'
No poverty is not a state of mind as ,when people are born they are to be given proper education to form there base ,if they won't be having a base they won't be able to secure any position in there colleges but for some people going to the college is a luxury ,some people who even go to good colleges and get a nice degree are still sitting at there homes. So if a person is well educated then only will he/she has a chance for getting a job which could get him/her sufficient income for there own sustainese
When you've got an entire village, for example, dying from lack of food, living in utter poverty, with no sanitation and no clean drinking water...I don't think it's the state of their minds. When you can't pay your bills, go to Dr or buy food. Plus there is a level of the amount of income that is known as Poverty level.
If poverty is defined with a specific amount of money one is earning in a specific amount of time, then it is absolutely not a state of mind, it is the state of being.
Although the amount/year for example for the poverty line is also debatable but even if we agree on that, there will be people above that line or way above that line will feel that they are poor. So beyond the set limit, it is a state of mind but primarily it is a state of being.
Poor is when the person is unable to enjoy basic amenities. He should have access to drinking water, nutrition, sanitation, shelter, primary education, and elementary medical care. If not, he is poor.
In response to other comments, not everyone can be Kalam or Walt Disney. Basic amenities should be available for all- from janitor to farmer to construction worker to miner.
Poverty is a state or a situation were one cannot afford one's basic need. It is not within the mind; however, it is the way one lives. Lines set for people who are on the poverty level gives a meaning that they cannot change the situation of poverty; most importantly, one can change one's mind...
You can be educated and shunned in the employment world, forced to work below your education level or intellectual ability. Opportunity is the key. Education with no opportunity is part of the problem. Still responsible for education bills with no way to pay them while supporting yourself with a roof over your head, utilities, transportation, clothes, food, medical etc. The average person is one or two pay checks from disaster. Cities like Flint Michigan, Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore were once thriving metropolises and now are in waste because of lack of opportunity.
It is very difficult to overcome learned coping behaviors,albeit seemingly disfunctional.(there usually good reasons they are used when explained) not to mention lack of opportunities when born into poor conditions. The simplest of tasks become exhausting hurdles that over time beat down the spirit,the mind and body that eventually most will succumb to. Not to mention hoards of greedy,soul sucking losers that take advantage at any instant available. I have seen these myself,it's not "a state of mind."
Poverty is a state of mind ONLY for the rich, ONLY for those who don't ever go hungry because they did not have money to buy food, ONLY for those who say it is, ONLY for those who don't want to see the poor, ONLY for those who are daft
Some people believe that if you believe you are in poverty, You will always be in poverty. Changing your mindset will not change your position in the economy. There are so many factors that affect the economy and a person's position in it. All of these factors come together to conclude that poverty cannot ever be only a mindset. Although people do rise from poverty, This is not because of a change in mindset for most people, And it certainly is not a common thing.
I recommend reading "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond. This is a collection of true stories of people living their lives stuck in poverty.