I had to listen to my son tell me about one of his professors who said that poverty can spread until the third generation. That is sad. Perhaps this is the reason why we see their lot multiplying everywhere, anywhere.
I am no rich man. I also experience monetary lack and difficulty many times but I try to lift myself from an impasse. I always succeed. It’s called determination. I guess it is also what saved me from the dark corners of poverty when I was brought into this world. I decided one day, during my elementary days, I will get out of the web. I will be different.
I did not become popular, or one who had become filthy rich, but I was victorious in getting out of poverty: being in want all the time, truly needy, unhappy. The motto was not to be dependent but to be independent.
The poor makes other people feel that they have obligation to help them. There is nothing wrong in helping but most of them have the same mentality that the able and rich owe them something and they cannot even define it. This mentality grows as their number grows. It takes a tough heart to go against it and become different from the rest.
It is necessary to teach them how to fish, and not give them fish all the time. I even heard Sharon Cuneta say these words. It is very true. When the able and rich always give, it gives them thought not to work, or find work, anymore, or persevere, or save a penny. Anyway, there will be people who will take pity and give.
I do not mean to malign. I had been there. I do believe it is essential to say something to these people. I believe they need to be educated, they need to learn. It is the lack of education that makes them poorer. This is where the government should do its part. Educate, enable, empower. The government and its officials still have a lot to do. They even have to be re-educated themselves about the plight of the poverty-stricken. The wealth and power they have gained and are gaining blur their visions and forget their promises.