Is being poor all that bad?

Philippines
December 10, 2006 2:47am CST
i shouldn't think so. being poor makes you clever, it enables you to explore all other possibilities to make do with whatever is available; it releases your creativity and ingenuity, and makes you appreciate simple things. anything else you can think of? i think that if we consider the good things that go with being poor, then we wouldn't have to go into a lot of self-pity or anything like that.
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@katcarneo (1442)
• Philippines
10 Dec 06
when i was in college i was like the poorest person in my class and while my classmates would have coffee at Starbucks i would be hanging out at my office (student publication) and convince myself i'm not hingry. that was a tough time for our family but i think i became a better person because of that. i was the only working student in my class and i had the best grades. i learned to do things i don't really like like cleaning up and eating vegetables. and most of all, i learned to have fun even if i can't go bar hopping or partying like others. i learned to appreciate meaningful conversations and learned how to make the most of my time doing what i'm good at.
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• Philippines
11 Dec 06
thanks, kat. i've noticed, too, that people who were exposed to work while studying (not by choice, but because they have to, so as to help in their schooling), are more responsible. i hope many here will be inspired by your story.
• Finland
11 Dec 06
Most of us assume rich and poor by their bank balance but a person is rich or poor by his adoption to the values and ethics of the society. I am glad that you have adopted your responsibility and that makes you a real gem.
• Philippines
11 Dec 06
thanks, i'm glad to hear of your inputs.
@shadowauror (1517)
• India
10 Dec 06
bill gates - bill gates
Well on parts i would agree with u ... but i dont agree with the part that being poor makes u cleverer!!! People are rich mostly cuz they cleverly invested their money at one point in time .. so theyre rich cuz theyre clever ... take for instance bill gates!!
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• Philippines
10 Dec 06
what i meant by being clever is that you get to innovate things, to make use of whatever is available. you get to be smart in that aspect.
• United States
24 Jan 07
Living at the level of survival does create a unique kind of cleverness. Problem is, if one surrenders to that mentality, they will be stuck in the survival mode all their lives.
• India
26 Jan 07
Hypothetically speaking,being poor can prove to be beneficial in many ways. But in today's time where we can buy about everything and anything with money I wonder how far a poor person can advance.Degress,college seats everyhting is bought by money these days.Even if a poor child works hard,studies hard he might end up not having a seat at all because of the scams. But yes,it does release the creativity within one.When we have to do something we just do it by some way or the other. Like when we have to submit assignments and all we don't touch it until the last day and on the last day by hook or crook we complete the assignment and submit it. And I personally believe that how ever rich our parents might be,we are born poor.We shouldn't declare ourselves rich based on our parents money.Its only when we have earned with our own hard work we can claim to be rich!
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• Philippines
26 Jan 07
very well said. some people are born with a silver spoon, but you're right, all the fame and money will go to waste if they don't strive for themselves. i've seen a lot of rich people who have become "literally" poor because they have chosen to sit on their butts while the rest of the world is doing SOMETHING.
@rikpallav (1242)
• India
11 Dec 06
I would say that I am totally agree with waht you have said and I also do not think that being poor is that bad as long as you are happy with the way you are and the confidence in your self to make things haapen for you. If you have that guts then you will be never feel bad about the way you are
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• Philippines
24 Jan 07
wow, you've really got a positive outlook. keep it up! and thanks for responding.
@malsun (1528)
• United States
11 Dec 06
What you are saying is partly true.. but its more of the spirit, irrespective of rich or poor that makes one change his/her destiny. I have seen many poor who bask in their poverty, not because they dont have a choice or opportunity.. and then there are some, who really come out of their difficult situations and make it big on their own. So it really takes all kinds to make this world.
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• Philippines
24 Jan 07
it takes some will power and hard work to pull yourself out of poverty, but in the end, it'll be all worth it, isn't it?
• China
11 Dec 06
I don't think being poor is humiliation. Sometimes, being poor is not your fault and it is not a shame. But, you can always make youself rich by your hardwork and cleverness. Being poor would let you know how hard the life is, and then you would not waste you money on the useless thing and help more poor people when you are rich. Poor people are easily to achieve success. Because poor life force them to think how to change the poor situation of life. Opposition, I think being poor is a good thing in some ways.
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• Philippines
24 Jan 07
yes, there are certain advantages to it. thanks for your response.
@Mitraa (3188)
• India
11 Dec 06
It is quite a relative topic. Even a rich man feels him poor and inferior in front of a more richer man. And a poor man in a state may be living in more satisfication and peace than a quite rich man. A man may be poor in money or worldly assets but may be rich in imaginations and powerful thoughts! Just take glance at the lives of noble men or saints. They always keep distance from materialistic property. Rather intellects and the entire humanity is the real property all time for all as illustrated by them. Thanks.
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
very well said, mitraa. thanks for sharing your thoughts. being rich or poor is not measured by material wealth at all, isn't it?
@caramello (4381)
• Australia
11 Dec 06
My life has been always working hard for what I needed to get by, would not say I was ever poor, but quite broke sometimes but it does make you appreciate what you have as you seem more content with less! Because of this my children have grown up to appreciate what they have now and I think that says it all!
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• Philippines
24 Jan 07
beautiful response, as always. thanks, caramello!
• United States
11 Dec 06
we are very poor - poor mother and daughter
I have never thought of it this way. Your sure right about this one. I always hear people sa. Sharon you always earn a $1.00 sitting at home. That I am very creative and all. Now you make me feel better that I am poor. Not to mention our memories we laugh back on.Happy holidays to you.
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• Philippines
14 Dec 06
haha. thanks for your reply.
• India
24 Jan 07
No not at all... cuz when a child is born, no one can decide wether it wants to take birth in a rich family or a poor... it all is on nature. But wat imean to say in short is 'To be born poor is not a bad thing, but to die poor is a big big mistake of one's life'... so "be rich before u die", dat shud b d aim in one's life....
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Let me put it to you this way, and in the words of Robert Kiyosaki: "Being broke is temporary. Poverty is permanent." (or something like that) If it releases the creativity and ingenuity of the poor, then it could be out of desperation knowing that they're trying to keep up with the Joneses. Being poor might not be bad, but it is temporary. You don't have to be poor all your life. If it releases creativity and ingenuity, then make it so that you can move away from being poor and living in poverty.
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@cr1st1nel (3567)
• Romania
10 Dec 06
Some of the poor people are really inteligent and at the end they make their own path in life with hard struggles
• Philippines
10 Dec 06
yes. i think it was even bill gates who said, "it's not your fault if you're born poor, but if you die a poor man, then it's definitely your fault." i'm not sure if i have the exact words, but they sound a bit like that. my point is, being poor shouldn't be an excuse for not becoming successful.
• United States
11 Dec 06
i think it was even bill gates who said, "it's not your fault if you're born poor, but if you die a poor man, then it's definitely your fault." i'm not sure if i have the exact words, but they sound a bit like that. my point is, being poor shouldn't be an excuse for not becoming successful///// Yup, that's exactly correct. " it's not your fault if you are born poor, but if you die a poor man, then it's definitely your fault" !!!
• Philippines
11 Dec 06
thank you both for your replies.
@klajdi2 (99)
• Zimbabwe
11 Dec 06
I hope you never see how it's like! I ensure you it's not so funny!
• Philippines
11 Dec 06
thanks for your response.
• Philippines
11 Dec 06
i never said it was funny. i come from a poor family, too, you know, but i've seen how my parents worked hard to improve the way we live, and i think that's just inspiring. i mean, being poor shouldn't be an excuse for us to stay that way, because there's just so many things we can still do.
• Indonesia
24 Jan 07
i dont think so. Being poor makes u become a hard working person, a creative person.
• United States
24 Jan 07
I love that kitty face.
@JoeyCa (1810)
• Belgium
12 Dec 06
Being really poor must be bad I assume, but I'm sure people who don't have much can also live a very happy life! Wealth can come in handy but it's no guarantee for happiness for sure! xx
@valmiki9 (1171)
• India
13 Dec 06
when I was a boy i could not afford to pay for book binding.So i learnt the art of book binding all by self experiments and today Ican take it up as an occupation if need arises.
@ankagar (1036)
• India
11 Dec 06
no it is not that bad, but doing wrong being a poor like having many children and drinking are really bad
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
11 Dec 06
yep. using your poor profile as an excuse for doing something that is wrong.. that's the bad thing to do.
@wyykidd (1460)
• Singapore
11 Dec 06
I hate being poor. it's terrible. So-called friends & relatives shun you. Unless you are scheming enough or know how to 'butter up' to people, you generally find yourself being left out & forgotten by the group. While the rich ones didn't even need to put in any effort to get to where they are, you have to slog your a** off & not even get anywhere close. I've been there & I hate it.
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
i respect your opinion. but perhaps, there are things that you got to learn out of it that made you a better person now.
• Canada
11 Dec 06
yes poverty is bad in every sense.
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
care to share more, smartbrain? any bad experiences that made you say this?
@shk1983 (142)
• India
11 Dec 06
being poor is not bad or not good. when u r poor then u will know the value of the particular thing like money, women etc. if u r a richer person, then u don't understand the difference, that is only one problem. it is always good to move from poor side to rich side.
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
yes, it is always inspiring to hear stories of people who turned from rags to riches. thanks for your response.
@beverly1 (1130)
• United States
11 Dec 06
true it doest matter if you poor its how you used your mind to get long in the world
• Philippines
14 Dec 06
oh, yes, that's where our ingenuity comes in. thanks for your response.