Hey Ria, Funny you bring this up, it’s one of my favorite subjects.
First, poor is a relative term, in my opinion, if a person has affordable and secure housing, can feed their family, and has a modicum of heath care, they are not poor. It’s not that complicated. However if someone has to live in public housing where there is a high crime rate, and depends on the Gov’t for food and health care, I think, for me anyway, that would be the baseline for being “poor” in a modern society. In reality, there are many parts of the world where things are even worse than this, this would be Abject Poverty, this is the poverty that is the hardest to cure. Many times when you look objectively at situations like these, you find the root of the problem in corrupt human Govt’s, and not so much the people themselves. For example political parties using food as an inducement to force people to vote one way or another. (Weaponizing Food).
Now the concept of working hard, making things happen, is a guarantee of anything, is nonsense. As someone here said, basically you have to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right idea. I know loads of people who worked hard their whole lives, and never became rich, famous, or successful in material terms. They had a typical middle class life, but make no mistake they worked really hard, and applied themselves the their trade/job. They just were not in the right place at the right time with the right idea or skills to take the maximum advantage of the financial system.
Here in the USA there are radio pundits who say, all you have to do is work hard and you can be as successful as I am, this is stupid, and is designed to give false hope to the masses and keep the viewership of the host up. How many open spots are there for radio hosts? If everyone was a radio host, where would the listeners be, etc. Here in the USA there is the game of american football, there are 32 professional teams, with 53 spots per team, so the openings are limited. Saying all you have to do is work hard, and you will make one of these teams is ridiculous. The same can be said of the NC Symphony, if you work hard you will make first chair violin, NOT. If you don’t show your virtuosity by an early age, read this as talent, no matter how hard you work, you will not get there, it is very simple.
There are two concepts that I would like to expose, both have their roots in Calvinism. The first concept is work is it’s own reward. BAHAHAHAHAHHA, this was generally promulgated by the religious elite to convince the poor to be happy in their place. The Calvinists also believed that you had god’s blessing if you were prosperous. But there was a problem with this, because there were a lot of poor Calvinists also. So how did the elite solve this? Simply by saying that working at hard physical labor also would bring god’s blessing, so now both bases were covered, the rich had god’s blessing, and so did the poor, and even better, you could stay poor, and if you kept your nose to the grindstone, you still could be blessed, so there is no reason to get your nose off of that grindstone.
The second is “better to have a nickle in your pocket, than nothing”, as my Grandpa Gerry used to say, “if you settle for a nickle you are an idiot”. So thats that for me. Again, roots in Calvinism, designed to keep the poor under control.
Why is it that some people think that if you find a $100.00 bill on the street, it has less value than digging a ditch by hand all day for $100.00? Again this is a concept to manipulate people to be content with their “station” in life. Dude that $100.00 bucks is worth a hundred bucks, and that is it.
There is one concept that I can agree with, “If you work at something you love, you will never work a day in your life”. This is a fact, I think of someone like Herschel House, one of the top Longrifle builders and replicators alive, not to mention Blacksmith. He has made a comfortable living over the years, but he is not rich by any means. But he is doing what he loves, so you have that great satisfaction, of doing what you love, taking the place of being “Rich”. Now if you can combine the two, Like Jimmy Page, well even better. Of course there is the starving artist deal, and frankly, they are also happy, so all in all, working at what you love seems to bring the greatest satisfaction, maybe not financial riches, but I would rather die happy and satisfied than miserable and rich.
So there it is my opinion.
The Ever Opinionated VIPER