It might be challenging to define what actually constitutes wealth or poverty. Statistical analysis might be helpful if we were looking for factual information. However, even if we were to analyze statistical information there may continue to be controversy regarding the categories of both wealth and poverty. One person may be defined by as others as impoverished and yet he or she may experience themselves as wealthy. If we are to look at our financial position in life we may be financially comfortable. We may not experience the stress of living from pay check to pay check or may not have worries regarding paying bills. If we have never experienced the stress of not being able to pay bills or provide for our family does this leave us unable to identify with or have understanding for those individuals who do experience these challenges? It may be that wealth deprives us at times of certain experiences that can be enriching to us as human beings. This certainly does not mean that every wealthy individual lacks understanding or compassion for others who are struggling to make ends meet. But it may well be true that from the challenges that we face we can become stronger in certain ways and even develop greater understanding and compassion for others. In the "Fiddler on the Roof: Tibia discusses wealth and poverty. He states that it "is no sin to be poor but he also says that it is no great honor either". In many instances both poverty and wealth may be subjective experiences. An individual with millions of dollars may define himself as poor and an individual who barely makes a living may believe himself to be wealthy. I am curious as to what it is that influences these perceptions. I suspect it is the words that we say to ourselves. So maybe it doesn't really matter that much if we are wealthy (whatever that means). What might matter most is that we learn to experience ourselves as grateful, productive, and resilient.
Can We Find Wealth in Poverty?
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