What is poverty? Poverty can be defined as a state of life, in which a person has a higher propensity to spend more than his earnings, so that all his basic needs remain only partially satisfied. At the same time, we need to ponder which is the greatest form of poverty? The simple answer to this question is that, “the greatest form of poverty in this world is that which compels us to incline towards the don’ts of life instead of do’s”. Thus, poverty leads us to a path which is anarchic and troublesome. In the long run, poverty has the capacity to cripple those faculties of mind which may lead our life in the right direction.
At the same time, we need to think and ponder over the fact, ‘what is the greatest repercussion of poverty?’ Dependency in life on those who have a certain state of prosperity in their life can be considered to be its greatest repercussion. In the long run, poverty acts as the serpent, and, in this way, a poverty-stricken person to sustain in this world in one way or the other is compelled to eat away the resources of those who are prosperous in life. This fact of poverty itself is a pointer towards the fact that ‘poverty anywhere is a threat to prosperity everywhere’.
If prosperity in life leads to a state of being, of self-contentment in life, at the same time, poverty in one’s life leads to a certain feeling of voidness in his/her life. In this way, the state of being of a person in poverty is just the reverse of that person who is in a state of prosperity. The voidness created in one’s life due to poverty stings that particular person to take the path of anti-social activities in his/ her life. Sometimes this anarchic and anti-social activities of a poor person which are activities done to appease his thirst and hunger of that particular person creates due to his such activities anarchy on the society. The greatest fallout of such anti-social activities is the creation of a diabolic society, a diabolic society which engulfs one and all of our society irrespective of rich or poor of the society.
Thus, the state of poverty can certainly be considered by one and all of a society as a threat towards the path of creating an egalitarian society. If promoting egalitarianism in the society of ours is our goal, then the pathway of achieving this goal is only by wiping off poverty lock, stock and barrel for we the world being. As stated above, poverty is a serpent and the greatest trait of poverty is that it like a parasite which destroys the tree, in the same way, poverty of a few destroys the plenty and prosperity of the many. As state of poverty is marked by the trait of being dependent on others due to meagre or little income of the poverty-stricken person, so, the voidness created by poverty even if to a little extent cannot be engulfed by the plenty and prosperity of the society as a whole.
In a nutshell, poverty itself is a threat for the whole society in general, mainly due to two reasons. Firstly, it is due to the effect that poverty creates on the psyche of the poor person and secondly, this diabolic psyche has a wholesome effect on the all-round development of that particular society. This is particularly because the path that sometimes taken by the poverty-stricken person which is mainly a path of anti-social activities. As crimes are mainly perpetrated on those who are wealthy and prosperous, therefore, this state of poverty most of the times blossoms as a threat to the whole society as a whole and the prosperous sections of the society in particular. All these facts again speak in volumes that ‘poverty anywhere is a threat to prosperity everywhere’.
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