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Poor or not? The visible poverty and invisible poverty perspective 1/2

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Visible poverty.

They said, there is poverty and extreme poverty. There is also visible and invisible poverty; the very types of poverty we missed in our biased definitions. Visible and invisible poverty show up even among a group of people living above twenty dollars a day, in a better nation. Both ask the populace to address. The populace chooses what’s visible to make much of us including millionaires among us, poor.

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You can’t help but take me as a fellow in destitution when I show up at the school you’re learning armed with the least essentials, dressed like the corner of the street is my home. I am poor in that case because I am badly dressed when I am supposed to be up on the same level as the other kids.

One can’t help but argue that I am poor when I show up as a student at the school he is learning when I am with the least essentials. I am obviously poor because I am badly dressed, or when my father shows up at the same schools looking less than a decent parent.

That is poverty because it is seen in the eyes, and it is nothing about the reasoning that let it be poverty to them, it is visible poverty. Sometimes that one can be a visible shortage of resources. But shortage is not unavailability as delay is not “never happening”.

Visible poverty is what peers see when it is on one and they put pressure on what they see, detest what they see. That pressure is an education, bad education, that seeps into the target to become one of the things that get the target to ignore either real wealth or real happiness.

I remember well a day I raised my hand to explain a point on an issue that was baffling the class thinking that the teacher would allow me to explain it in my seat.  When he said I should come forwards to explain it I ‘resisted’, “ I don’t have a thing to say. My apologies.”

He walked to my desk to deliver the punishment, the beating. That was better than me walking to the front of the room and explain my point, or worse write it on the chalkboard with one hand whilst another kept my shorts from falling.

The waist had just gone nuts thirty minutes ago and I was to remain seated until five PM, leave the class unnoticed and head to my room. A single pair of shorts were all that characterised my school uniform wardrobe in the first seven months as a first-year secondary school student.

Because we all want to look good that background cannot dilute the bad education in my future. I will still find myself determined to be at a certain place and stage where my dressing stands above all despite the costs. Because:

  • The level of visible poverty keeps going up
  • Once in my life (Feb-Sept 2009) it was a $10 school uniform we could quickly afford as a family
  • Ten years later (2019) it was attending someone’s wedding without a suit, at least a $75 suit. And buying it would have resulted in fifteen percent of my annual income decimated.
  • In the future it will not be owning a the best vehicle that will be my sense of pride. I will ride in a single car worth graduates and a lot of tuition fees to pay at a local university.

It’s a race. To look more and more good, not really to feel good. Yet happiness is in feeling good.

Addressing visible poverty and forgetting the invisible is curing a wound by not curing it. In fact, some notable success stories at a personal level may have resulted from being the opposite, invisible-centric.

Partly, it is being visible-centric that resulted in much of the traditionally disadvantaged parts of our global populace in being wasteful. We are wasteful in Africa, in the black ghettos in the USA and the Caribbean and in Asia, and also in traditionally well-to-do parts of us.

The lack of patience we have is shocking. Ours is a world where the lust to have our needs in our hands eats into our reasoning.

Why the race?

  • We want to look good. Far invincible than others.
  • Our world is one of competition not cooperation or both.
  • We are taught formally and informally to compete. It’s about who get better grades and higher numbers of anything at the moment.
  • It satifies to look good. But we don’t rest once we look good. On that department of looking good that where we want things to be better and better at a cost of other meaningful things in our lives, that we simply allow to be worse and worse.
  • We are in a world where the lust to have our needs in our hands eat our reasoning away.

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Invisible poverty

Defining invisible poverty out of the first question: How poor is my world not how poor am I or how poor do I look.

The detail-emphasis approach/perspective brings in the “Why am I here logic” and it seems a question is a better starting point to handling anything happening in life than simply telling yourself “I am here now”. Now there are two questions on the same issue, poverty, and at the same individual level. Whether you like it or not you have to answer one among the two questions or both. Answering what can give a life a purpose and meaningful question (How poor is my world?) is ideal.

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Answering the first question allows you to include yourself. You can not only become an individual in a lone world but part of a big world and room. The first question is:

How poor is the world (or that little room I am in)?

It’s very poor, even among the places it looks so damn rich. To admit that this world is very poor even in places and occasions it looks so rich, you are not given an option to see poverty. You simply feel it when there is any need or when you allow yourself to feel it only to be able to answer the first question. If we choose not to feel it we can’t get to see it through our eyes, since it’s invisible. Only to be addressing visible poverty (How poor am I?) and giving no answers to the first question.

Visible poverty gives you a choice to feel and also to see it, and even to think about it. So that it can be clearly visible to you and lure you to addressing it alone. And one day you will be “poor” for not having that fancy car. The race is always on.

Poverty or the other side of it were badly defined long ago and we can’t change it.

Those living under a dollar a day are poor, extremely poor. Thousands, millions and billions. We believe that the definition of poverty is all about how much you can buy or not buy. The definition is good but there is a fault it creates in us, and it is expected that someone who grew up in a disadvantaged position, a poor location in Africa, the city locations where disadvantaged populations and the traditionally left behind live, becomes suddenly the society’s noteworthy income-wise. Diamonds are bought countless times, instead of, for example, building a community library in that location or establishing a substantial business or even keeping the wealth in his hands. Yeah, it may be better for your future to keep it to yourself than to plunder it.

We can see that your wedding ring is the cheapest. That you don’t have a private jet or you have it. But what we can’t see is I am the fifth person to reach the university in my village since the beginning of college times in my country. I can’t even see it either because I just feel it to be able to buy a fifty-dollar shoe instead of a much expensive one and utilise the remainder of what I possess to create bigger chances for my success or the success of others in my village, nation or world.

It is focusing on invisible poverty alone and, therefore, addressing the first question that can have some of us win a financial journey starting from the very little despite myths about wealth creation.

The biased human logic

Knowing what to address between visible and invisible poverty is great. It is the best thing to do in wealth creation as a process. Human logic, however, is biased. For example, it takes what’s bad as what bad people do instead of what people do and do it through very bad means, and therefore bad is considered as lack of purity to the would instead of lack of purity to the mind which drives anything. As it is biased. Poverty automatically becomes what’s visible instead of visible.

When we can’t see a certain thing it doesn’t mean that thing doesn’t matter. We need to capture what can only be felt and visualise what we can do about it. We may need to stop seeing things to discover bigger things in life. It is when we bring in that sense of discovery that we can discover what we are capable of with what we are and what we have not what we can be capable of once we come to possess the things we currently don’t.

We are not invited to live our lives; simply, we are entitled to live them; and if one of us can’t do that properly no one will.

Because of our biased logic mindful to only visible poverty instead of invisible poverty we:

Discover don’t see things and build a proper perspective.

Before I dive into discover don’t see and build a proper perspective, allow me to be listened to by you as I say some things in life can never go without the other. A key needs a lock. The true value of what you do is in how you do it. You may do whatever you think to be the very definition of unique but without a unique method in doing it casual results are the result.

How you do it is packed with either clues or casualness. You are only able to be clueful when you are supposed to be clueless when you discover things instead of seeing them. By discovery, you are helping yourself to better help yourself. When discovering the same eye sees, but this time it allows helpful detail about what’s seen to reign and be available, or to exist.

There is a need to look at the same thing over and over only to find the way you see such a thing changing. When such a change happens, it’s not a change in the way you see things happening. It is a change in perspective. Perspective is always there when you see things, but it needs to be proper perspective, some perspective that is out of discovery. Discover don’t see and build a proper perspective.

Allow me to repeat it again: A proper change in the way you see things is the maker of seeing things through not just seeing things. It is seeing things by discovery. Discovery is a deeper eye with detail, detail essential to where it is needed the most, that detail is not ignorant to what you are capable of.

A perspective is shaped by the one giving it the light to see. Perspective shapes the thinking of one who shapes it. Discover don’t see and build a proper perspective.

You fail to change its shape, i.e. turn it into proper perspective, you only fail to create a person and environment you wish for yourself. Success in changing its shape is more than the success you may desire. Allow your eye to discover most than to only see things the most. The power is in your control. It’s either you win it or lose it. The power to command what you want your perspective to be, improper or proper. We mostly choose to lose it and live with what’s improper.

The harshness with only seeing things or what can be made by only seeing things is always there to stay. An improper perspective can take an individual shaping it to use twice, thrice or a million times the same effort to achieve the same thing or to never achieve it. Navigating is not just the knowledge to steer the vessel in the deeper waters. It is a campus that gives direction. Discover don’t see and build a proper perspective.

If it is a strategy a proper perspective is the most deeper understanding of what needs to be done and how it must be done as it is the most logical among the things put into the whole war you need to win. It is more than an eye can see. Hence, proper perspectives are discoveries.

Through a proper perspective, you don’t run away from your capabilities to be rescued by someone’s. You only learn to understand the value of you capabilities, and therefore discover what you are capable of and become a capable being from what you are.

In resolving conflicts proper perspectives are helpful. To lighten the burden. Things don’t need to be a finger-pointing game when there is a better understanding among the parties involved in the conflict.