What creates poverty?

To know what creates poverty we must first know the definition of the word poverty. According to Dictionary.com, the definition that best matches the type of poverty being discussed is ” the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor.” Now knowing the definition of poverty, I can say what may cause poverty. Poverty can be caused by the inability to work due to an illness which would prevent someone from working in order to support their family. Poverty can also be caused by a lack of jobs like now. If a person cannot find a job, then they will not have the means to support themselves after a certain length of time being unemployed. This leads us to our next question:

What are the effects of poverty?

For one, being poor can cause one to have a mental breakdown due to the stress of trying to survive with what they have and trying to find a job that  help that person so that they can live with the basic needs or that willre-employ said person.This causes a viscious circle because,as mention earlier, mental illness can make it difficult to get a job. Also, having too many people that live below the poverty line (which is determined by the average income of people) will cause the economy to slowly worsen, as less people will be able to buy products to support the economy. So, the final question is:

How do we stop poverty?

That question is not as simple as it seems, as there is not definite way to determine how a certain plan will turn out in the end. However, one way to at least reduce poverty is to lower the amount that it costs someone to buy the necessities, such as food, a house or an apartement, cars and gasoline. This is not an easy fix though because the prices for the necessities mentioned are controlled by the markets and cannot be changed just because we need them to.

As John Lennon Once wrote:

“Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all of the world”

  Feel free to  listen to this song and to take some time to think about our world today. The link is included below(the version posted is the version done by the late Eva Cassidy):


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  1. Joy Blake

    Eva Cassidy, so wonderful. Thanks for your thoughtful responses.

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