Which is better to grow up in?
The top fifth of households in the US have 80% below them by income. This article analyzes the pros and cons of poverty and affluence in America.
What is Poverty?
Poverty is the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support, condition of being poor.
Living in poverty is very difficult, but it helps you develop skills and build strength and endurance.
- Government Assistance (i.e., rent, heating assistance, and food stamps)
- Skills like cooking, cleaning, car repair
- Learn To Do Without
- Creates Job Opportunities
The poor create job opportunities for entrepreneurs to take advantage of like private prisons, furniture rental, and payday lenders.
- Empathy and Awareness of Problems in the World
There is no advantage to being poor. It is a curse. It is a blot on humanity. The poor die slowly day by day, just waiting for death to close the chapter. Most poor pay the price of greed of political bosses/leaders. It is not a joke to go to bed without food almost everyday without food almost everyday, living under inhumane conditions and begging for every penny.
- Government Assistance Is Usually Not Enough
- Have To Do Without Necessities
- Feel Ashamed
- People Look Down On You
- Limited Network
- Unable to Overcome Poverty
- Low Morals
- Unworthy Feelings
- Higher Chance of Depression
- Lack of Motivation
- Poor Credit
Affluence is abundance of money, property, and other material goods, riches, and wealth.
Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.
F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said.
Yes, they have more money.
Ernest Hemingway’s later responded.
Today what separates the rich from the rest is not just money, but family life, education, zip code, and so on.
- Material Comforts
- Longer Life Expectancy
- Joyful Childhood
- More Options Where To LiveBetter School / Education Options You Can Own A Car / Cars
- Luxury Travel
- Millionaire Friends
- Ability To Learn Business
- A Blueprint To Follow
- Stable Family
- Better Outcomes For Children
- Disconnected from average living
- Class Stratified Society
I grew up poor in Detroit, MI. A population of 677,000 that has been declining for 60 years. Detroit is one of the poorest major cities in the United States. Poverty in Detroit is a serious problem: 1 in 3 people in Detroit live in poverty.
Black people make up the majority of the population.
- Black or African American: 79.12%
- White: 14.10%
- Other race: 3.02%
- Two or more races: 1.90%
- Asian: 1.50%
- Native American: 0.34%
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
I come from a two parent household. My father was a bus driver. My mother just never worked. We didn’t have much. Oftentimes our lights, gas, and water was shut off. I remember having to boil water in a cold kitchen in order to take a bird bath to wash up for school.
We didn’t have a stove. I remember cooking taco meat in the microwave. I had to keep taking it in and out to chop up the meat. We didn’t have a refrigerator either, even during the time my 16 year old sister had her son. We simply had a cooler that sat on the kitchen floor. I walked to the store nearly everyday to buy bags of ice. The cost of the ice could have paid for a refrigerator in the long run.
I remember there were no lights living upstairs in a two family flat. We ran an extension cord to the flat below out of the window. We plugged up a heater to stay warm in the window. However, the landlord said to disconnect it because it was a fire hazard.
I remember being at home and bored all the time. My activities was limited to sitting on the porch, shooing the neighbors dogs away, occasionally going to the ice cream truck, walking to the store for groceries. I had one friend on the block that I went to school with. We hung out with each other after school. However, she used to leave during the summer to Tennessee where her father lived.
We attended church. My mother prayed for better days at church and at home. However, those days never came. My mother was often depressed and bored. She wanted to do things and buy things, but there was no money. I suggested that she go to school, get a job, or turn her sewing passion into a job.
She just said God didn’t tell her to do that.
I went to college and later law school. But after law school I wasn’t able to get a job, one thing led to another — now I’m homeless. I am aware of the disadvantages of being poor. It is clear that money is not optional if you want to have a good life or become an attorney.
My family didn’t have money to send me or support me in my dreams of becoming an attorney. They didn’t feel it was necessary to attend my graduation. Being an attorney could change my financial situation and I could potentially help my family — but they don’t see it like that.
My mother takes care of my sister and her 3 kids that she had with 3 different men. My sister dropped out in 9th grade. She doesn’t work or contribute to the house she lives in. Some people get comfortable with being poor. My sister has no reason to work or get out of bed in the morning. She’s not in a success driven environment to begin with.
My mother made every excuse not to better herself and not adequately take care of us. She thought less than the basics was enough. If you tell her this she will get angry and argue with you. Nobody want to hear their mistakes.
My mother will just say that she didn’t have a mother, lived in foster care, and nobody loved her. I could use those excuses too to not do something with my life — but excuses have to end somewhere in order to overcome poverty.
My current goal is to get out of poverty. I apply for jobs. I study business, entrepreneurship, credit, marketing, and other subjects. I read and write. I would like to be an entrepreneur and pass the bar exam. For now, my main focus is securing a stable job to support myself — to get an apartment and begin saving toward my goals.
To change your life and circumstances, first secure the bag.
By being homeless, I’ve learned the value of money. I’ve had the time to reflect on decisions I’ve made, why I became homeless. Being born into poverty doesn’t help. I wasn’t taught many of the things that I know now about money, credit, business, and more.
“As a parent one of your duties is to give your child the best possible start that they can ever have and prepare them on how to live and survive in this unforgiving world. . . “