Poverty

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

Invisble poverty and visible poverty *Canva image

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.

Looking for the second article? Poor or not? The visible poverty and invisible poverty perspective. 2/2

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.

Poor or not: The visible poverty and invisible poverty perspective. 2/2.

Invisble poverty and visible poverty *Canva image

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.

Looking for the first article? Poor or not? The visible poverty and invisible poverty perspective. 1/2

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:

Can poverty foreclose one’s capability to be financially successful?

Can_poverty_foreclose_your_chances_to_be_successful

Poverty simply as the lack of resources in abundance not the unavailability.

There is poverty, and there is extreme poverty. If one has made it to this site, he is not extremely poor. He has fewer to begin with not zero to begin with but he can make it because there is a starting point. That’s the type of poverty to be covered in this post. To redefine this type of poverty I can say I am here blogging and I have dropped out of college in my final but I am poor. I was lucky enough to attain my ticket to the college to become an eighth boy to reach college from my village, and my parents bankrolled all my education.

‘What I fear most amongst the folks of our own age is not poverty but failure.’ When I heard this I heard it in the voice of the actress, Natalie Emanuel. And I quickly added that I too fear its consequences, consequences of the kind of poverty I grew up in, a dual squeal that keeps on recurring― an ample scepticism and a life without a why. One way or the other each of these two conditions serves as an inciting cause of the other.

But before I can explain whether poverty or the lack of resources ruins the possibility of your financial success. I need to inform you that when resources are your hindrance you must…

  • Be patient, not confident. Only you make yourself a hopeful loser when you fail then keep doing it and that’s better than what a confident loser does when he fails.
  • Start with some little thing, if not different to what’s in your dreams. This is what I call passion A to passion B concept and it’s when Elon Musk started with PayPal, sell it for some billions then moved on to start SpaceX and Tesla. It was even more difficult for him to start with Tesla or SpaceX. And I am here blogging to get something to start my bigger project which can not even dare to move out of what I earned since I was born. Passion A to B concept works.
  • Stick to a format of discipline that is in SubjectMe (my personal diary), i.e. “doing the right things at the right time and doing the wrong things the wrong way”. What’s success, for instance, in the village I grew up in is one’s ability after marriage (marriage is also success) to pay several hundred dollars in school feeses, to eat a loaf of bread (i.e. the best breakfast) every morning and owning five cattle. I wrongly aimed at success (I discovered true discipline) that is company wealth and it is the right thing to do if real poverty, including poverty in my village and my country is to be escaped.
  • Live like an achiever before you are one. Live like a homeless and hopeful Luis Vuitton whose efforts brought a big luxury brand carrying his name.
  • Be creative and have a vision first. A vision is where your creativity fills. Vision is a container. Creativity is like water and it means nothing when there is nothing to contain it. Ambition works, too, it can be a funnel to drive your creativity into your vision.

Can poverty ruin one’s path to success? The branching concept.

As someone who grew up in a poor African village, and had to change and face the world with becoming a major industrialist, the branching concept is my own ‘seeing minds’ way of answering the question above. Once we are past the stem stage, the branch each one of us takes makes a difference decides whether s/he’s going to be successful or not. And here I go…

The seed to much of the things happening though the living is interest. Interest by default is usually ‘food first’. It’s centred among the very basics by default before each human gets into better possessions or before s/he attains better means to acquire or create what’s more than food. This also applies to any young one immediately after birth (and it’s only assistance from others beings that changes the game) but to a group of people who are not yet past this stage or are back to this stage. It’s either you’re ‘helpless and therefore without helpers’ or you are extremely poor to fit in this group.

Related: Success is the depth of success in your definition

If we’re lucky we get into the stem. This is when, you as an individual or collectively as a family or society, your focus as income rises becomes more on enhancing yourself. Educating yourself is one of the things you can do and it becomes the new basics as food once was. But at this moment you don’t have much to enhance yourself with, and the means to enhance yourself when you do are compromised means. That’s when things do go well for others. Helpers come in to have you attain better enhancement (a scholarship provider in this case).

When enhancement is a done process you reach a stage where you’re no longer worried about feeding yourself or educating yourself. The enhancement is said to be done because you can’t keep enhancing yourself not because it is adequate. The homeless Luis Vuitton didn’t get the best education but his enhancement came in many ways including his punishing life that gave him purpose and a lust to prove that he wasn’t lost. When the best or the most compromised enhancement is done a “breaking-free” stage is reached by all of the enhanced who makes it into independent adulthood.

Three breaking-free branches


1. A glittery lifestyle lures you. 

Glittery lifestyle: You wanna look good?

Me: (nodding my head as if I want it to throw it away to where my response is going) Yes!

When we say yes, we can only have to require a lot to support that glittering status and it can either ruin you or erase the possibility of your full impact on society, and your society may still be poor or underresourced. The enhancement process, the education system involved can be there to create a lot of us who picks 1 as a choice. Which is not bad.

You can pick glittery before creating anything else. That’s the beauty of it, because pleasure is enjoyable when even living under a dollar a day. Since I no longer refer to the things that happened before I was born in my family as ‘they’, I would say ‘we used to buy a good collection of suits and the best beer after getting our kids to boarding schools. Our kids would do the same, only to face retirement with zero to enjoy.’

A cycle sort of repeats itself. Fairly good enhancement, in fact far much better than Luis Vuitton’s and not anything close to breaking through.

Choices are the beginning of everything. After choices build a better motive.

2. The middle branch

The glittery branch fails to lure these guys, and nothing big changes. The focus is on sustenance not going up. This branch has the potential to carry some of the happiest individuals on the planet. And it is always the take-off or the nose dive point.

The cycle stated above can again be a thing of the middle.

3. Success and up above

A glittery life fails to lure you. You then pick up from a poor start, the middle and aim higher but it’s not easy. Our Luis Vuitton was enhanced through exposure and he couldn’t have done much in the bag industry without having been in a situation that forced him off the farm and took him to the town where he would become homeless but witness a bigger world where products are produced to sell and sell more than they should. That exposure can be not a place but your imagination.

Unfortunately, it’s formerly taught that a poor start like Luis had or $820 that got Dan Peña one of the most successful Hispanics is not a start for a big business. And generally what needs to start moving first is not the business itself it is the idea. Millions plus the business and no idea, nothing moves.

According to Dan Peña, you need to perform like you wanna achieve (and we have written about and live your success before you get it. But…

It’s bloody hard to be a high performance person.

Dan Peña

Be ‘materialistic’ in your youth, when decline creeps in cease to be and share. Africa is missing it.

Why Africa is not developing? Having had some the likes of Ghana better-off in the early 1960s to China, that is a question not to ask but to answer. But I found myself answering it to someone as if he had asked, “What part I can play/I should have played?” My answer was a diary entry and it explained the situation at a personal level, not the government policing. Where I involved the government I was blaming it for not encouraging another culture, a culture of creating wealth. Creating wealth is not accumulating wealth.

In Africa we give. We don’t sell. Too much double entry no cash involved, no money and wealth created.

On the morning of 28 June 2021, we were working in the fields. When my mother switched a topic to our poverty and how it was increasing over the years I couldn’t hesitate but cast my simplified words. When a relative in the town comes here, I said, in a BMW X6 he must load in the fuel tank his $100 only to be asking for two baskets of avocados in our garden for free. In fact, we give him before he asks. The whole village does that. Before two avocadoes are eaten in our house forty are already given to neighbours.

The motive to produce more is money. What more can we produce when we give free?

An area with the potential to be home to millions of avocado plants hosts only several thousands if not hundreds. A processing industry related to avocadoes including the cosmetic industry is discouraged to form.

In the town, the story is the same. When a brother gets some money in excess this year, knowing that it is not an opportunity to show up again, he builds two houses with the motive of giving his relatives from the rural side a place to stay when there is a need, not ten houses and become a business guy in housing. The more we produce and sell is the more money we create.

As I went on criticising our culture of giving, mother found someone to talk to but father moved in closer. He argued against me saying that I am a materialist in my view of things. He couldn’t find my sense in my arguing as I appeared to have attacked him in person. Having owned the villages first water pump and the power, we planted fourteen orange plants in 2014 and I was eighteen. $1200 was the bank loan my father requested for buying the grafted plants. Fourteen plants cost a hundred dollars, one seventy-five was the total we could have planted out of that loan, get another and buy another lot, plant more and end up with thousands of trees. Because such trees were planted after father said, “my grandkids will have a taste”, the motive to plant more than fourteen was not there.

Here the culture of giving is a culture of attachedness that makes resettlement schemes fail. Rural and urban people don’t de-attach themselves from a place, they establish themselves. So they will never follow an opportunity when they get to feel that it’s there in the country not here.

If I was being badly materialistic why people around me were feeling that their earnings were never adequate at any time and wishing that their child a good job especially overseas in Europe and America where he could earn and forward the excess via Western Union. From cigars that were being smoked to our dressing, we were feeling that there was not much and we were even struggling to have a matchbox with contents in it anytime we needed to light up the fire at our fireplace but, at one point in our life, we were afforded as a family to buy beer for the whole village anytime we partied. We couldn’t take our money where our sweat was and we couldn’t give materialistic thinking to our sweat.

Our people work. Work is their history. Their sweat stays unrewarded.

We want prosperity, that moves us. We toil daily. When someone preaches it. We think he’s being materialistic. In mid-June I have to know the following list as a work cycle:

  1. We work and work in Africa, and since one must learn to end up affluent in it, young kids concluding their infancy begin to be thrown in it. “We’re training them,” we defend ourselves when we are accused of perpetrating child labour.
  2. We believe that except it’s an office or salaried work, work is sweat.
  3. There is no drafting table, there are no books read. We don’t take our past in so that it can educate us and guide us into the right course of action so that when I finally get a chance to plant I plant thousands not fourteen.
  4. Sweat, here in Africa, ends up alone and it can never turn into sweet. We give it away we don’t sell it. We want to be employed we don’t wish to employ and we are colonised into work after we were already working people.
  5. What’s the problem? We ask ourselves.
  6. We are not putting much sweat. This answer simply keeps coming up because we are taught from the age of five that work is sweat. We work extra hard, and we are back to item 1 in this list. A seventy-two-year-old can still be working in the field and die a worker.

In a short book Why I dropped out of college in the final semester, I accused formal education of training only employees when its task is that of addressing poverty here in Africa. If you’re to read it you will find that I was beaten for saying that when I grow up I want to be a boss and persisting when others were picking be a teacher or a doctor as their future professions. If you give anything you’re doing a purpose and do it in that purpose you don’t get a chance to change easily. We learn for that purpose, being employed. Our creativity here in Africa is choked because we are prepared by the education system not to be creative but to wait for an employer and be against materialism. I am not blogging here to offend anyone, but out of $345 I earned last year and $175 I earned during this year’s first half I see myself as a future industrialist, and the short book has much about my story. I had many other needs including clothing, toiletry and commuting in 2020 (everything can be cheaper in Africa) and they claimed a big chunk out of $345 and $175.

While I was writing in my personal diary I came across an article on Quartz. Someone had to pay $750 for his journey to Europe and that is much to give one a start, and one can grow big.

Yes, the leadership can be failing us. But what are we doing on our part? We see the size of their economies we are blind to their start. In their interaction with our history, we see the oppression, we don’t see their committedness in addressing their economies. We don’t learn from, we complain. The start of the likes of S.C. Johnsons must be good lessons, the story of Andrew Carnegie an inspirational exception. So that when each one of us gets that $750 s/he creates a start that is $750 but the first spark into millions of burning and employing business. Studying the situation is necessary so that anyone among us makes a good strategy to finally emerge up.

You don’t start in comfort you don’t have and hope or work to create that comfort. We must balance between materialism and our charitiness. If we don’t, we don’t create an economy. We need to sell first. We need to produce what we can get to sell. After selling we are motivated to produce more. When more of us sell, money circulates and our welfare improves and competition increases. A motive to produce in quantity better products then drives us.

Our youth is once. Our youth is better energy to execute than our fifty years of age. We may wish to but we don’t live our youth twice. We must work now and earn, fail to give now, distribute tomorrow. This is my way of seeing things, and I am not here to taint your brains with it.

More Afrocentric articles

29 June 2021

Sub-Sahara Africa’s culture of giving vs the money economy

Family ties, giving and a culture of giving free after our introduction into the money economy, in my opinion, killed the motive to produce more and more to sell. Less produced and sold is zero prosperity. This is Afrocentric.