Poverty will be a thing of the past.
I had nothing in mind for today's article since I exhausted myself doing some other things, I was surfing through the Twitter when I came across this topic and I decided to write about it.
Poverty is one of the problems the world is struggling with today, a large percentage of the world is stuck at a point where surviving is difficult. There are different definitions of poverty depending on how we see it, I don’t live in a mansion, I don’t own a car or designer wears worth hundreds of thousands which puts me in a poor man’s chart of some people out there but I feel comfortable providing for my family needs always while investing in my future. If we start taking everyone’s definition, there are chances of seeing some differences in all.
It is no joke to people who have tasted it, the pain that comes with not being able to provide the basic needs of life for yourself or your family is one of the worst feelings ever.
To avoid being blamed for this condition, I have seen people blaming the government. They deserve some share of the blame for not providing jobs, insecurities that have resulted in people losing their source of livelihood, inflation, and many other factors but a lot of us are contributing to our problems without knowing that.
But what do we say of a couple who had their fourth child in a single room apartment, are they working towards breaking free from poverty or worsening their situation? I don’t see how the government has contributed to their problem, they own the larger blame for remaining in that condition and if care is not taken, they might end up dragging the kids into such life as well. The husband works as a mechanic while the wife is a full housewife, how can we be struggling with rent, feeding, and still opt-in for more kids. I don’t.
This has nothing to do with illiteracy, common sense is enough. A lot of people have wrong perspectives about this thing called poverty and I think we can rub minds about it.
One of the great mistakes Africans make is praying to end poverty, I believe in prayer a lot but praying for it to end poverty without working or putting in any effort is a waste of time.
God won't come down from heaven, instead, he said he will bless the work of our hands so how then you do want to end poverty with prayer only. Miracles happen but there must be something that the grace and blessing would connect to, sometimes we think God is partial. He is not, you are not doing anything that would connect with the blessings you are requesting for.
Seeing life as a race that requires you to compete with others will only result in poverty, how would someone take a loan just to buy party wear just because all your friends have bought it? What would it cost to put on what you have or just ignore the party?
People who see life as a competition mostly end up in a pit, you can allow others' success to inspire and it would be wrong to allow it to make you take terrible financial decisions. You do not compete with anyone so be in charge of your life.
I have heard a motivational speaker once said your mindset put you where you are in life, that’s true but the world has gone beyond a stage where having a proper mindset will do the magic.
Even with a positive mindset, you need a push which is hard work. If the mindset is enough, everyone should be rich by now because we are always dreaming of comfort, a smooth life, and good things as well.
My answer remains no even though people do a lot of abnormal things to get rich quickly, getting out of poverty is similar to the road to success. If you skip the proper process, there is a huge chance of returning to where you were before (the trenches).
There is a Yoruba adage that says, "Ise logun ise". It means the only remedy for poverty is hard work, without it nothing is going to happen.
It doesn't necessarily mean you should do tedious work, you just have to work your way out of that unfavorable condition you are in. That work is what would connect God's blessing to us if we work and pray.