What is poverty!!!
Poverty! Can anyone who has not really been poor know what poverty is? I really doubt it. How can anyone who enjoys three square meals a day explain what poverty means? Indeed, can someone who has two full meals a day claim to know poverty? Perhaps, one begins to grasp the real meaning of poverty when one struggle really hard to have one miserable meal in twenty-one hours. poverty and hunger are cousins, the former always dragging along the latter wherever he chooses to go.
If you are wearing a suit, or a complete attire, and you look naturally rotund in your apparel, you cannot understand what poverty entails. Nor can you have a true feel of poverty if you have good shirts and pair of trousers, never mind that all these are casual wear. Indeed, if you can change from one dress to another, and these are all you can boast of, you are not really poor. A person begins to have a true feel of what poverty means when, apart from the tattered clothes on his body, he doesn’t have any other, not even a calico sheet to keep away the cold at night..
let us face it, how can anyone who has never slept outside, in the open, appreciate the full, harsh import of homelessness? yet that is what real, naked poverty, is. He who can lay claim to a house, however humble,cannot claim to be poor. indeed, if he can afford to rent a flat, or a room in a town or city, without the landlord having cause to eject him, he cannot honestly claim to be poor. the really poor man has no roof over his head, and this is why you find him under a bridge, in a tent or simply in the vast open air.
But that is hardly all. the poor man faces the world as a hopeless underdog. in every bargain, every discussion, every event involving him and others, the poor man is constantly reminded of his failure in life. nobody listens attentively when he makes a point, nobody accepts that his opinion merits consideration. So, in most cases, he learns to accept that he has neither wisdom nor opinion.
That is still not all. weakened by hunger,embattled by cold and exposure to the elements, feeding on poor water and poor food. the pauper is an easy target for diseases, this is precisely why poorest countries have the shortest life expectancy while the longest life expectancy are recorded among the richest countries. Poverty is really a disease that shortens life!.