Money dictates the flow of human living in the modern world. The “wealthy” are powerful and influential, able to bend and shape the world as they please. The “poor” ,however, are marginalized and dismissed with institutions and social norms working against them. But do the terms “poor” and “wealthy” really only refer to a lack of material wealth? To look at these terms in such a shallow light, is to ignore the fact that money is not the only reason societies prosper and nations excel. In fact, no country, regardless of the money it owns, has ever thrived without first establishing justice, equality, and freedom between its people.
A nation whose people are robbed of their freedoms and whose women are treated unequally is a poverty-stricken nation. When we walk down the streets of our homelands and see its poor people, we must understand that they are not only penniless or homeless but also manipulated and oppressed. Our narrow understanding of the terms ” poor” and “wealthy” has cost our nations and our people more than we can imagine. poverty means much more than just a lack of money, services, or resources. For how is one wealthy if one lacks the basic rights of equality, justice, and freedom?