The true nature of human beings, Especially if you suddenly become poor when you weren’t previously, the way others treat you will be eye-opening, both in a general sense, and individually. You will see a side of people who is kept hidden from most, and you will learn who your friends are.
Ever heard of someone being homeless? Not due to mental illness or addiction, because that oftentimes requires professional help, but because of lack of money. Perhaps they have no family left, but do you ever wonder, where are their friends? Well they’re wondering that too.
You will discover that there is very little actual help for the truly poor, although there is plenty on paper. Poverty is a vicious cycle. If one thing goes wrong, as its most likely to do in the face of poverty, it causes a domino effect. What happens to your job when your car breaks down and you’ve no money to fix it? What happens to your health under extreme stress, and lack of nutritional food due to lack of money for all but noodles?
When you apply for assistance, say with rent, or electricity… you must get there, but that’s not always easy when you have no vehicle, no money, even for a bus (assuming you live where there is public transportation) or are too ill or disabled to walk that far. You’ll find rides from “friends” cannot always be counted on, if ever. If you do have a job, you’ll have to take the time off to go in person to try to get help. Many times in vain. Those places generally keep regular business hours. You’ll also find that you will not get help if you don’t have an eviction, or equally serious notice. You won’t get help if you have no income. (Lest you be in the same situation next month) That is if funds aren’t depleted, which they often are.
You will learn that most people believe, regardless of how you came to it, that your situation is your fault. All types of people live in poverty. Life changes such as unemployment, illness or family separation can happen to us all. Shifts in the cost of living, especially higher prices in essentials such as food and fuel, also affect most people. So poverty isn’t something that happens to others. It’s something that can happen to almost anyone.
But certain groups of people face a much higher risk of living in poverty than others.
Take from this — is — Poverty can teach you many things in life:
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