One of the major impediments in the development of our country is the overwhelming number of poverty driven people who are deemed to dwell in a despicable state in a lineage. Now the question arises that do these poor folks just accept their contemptible state gracefully or do they do something worth keeping their souls and body together.
Reports and surveys indicate that most of the people living below poverty line in India simply resort to unethical measures such as theft and beggary to earn themselves bread and butter. These people can easily be spotted at any traffic light begging for alms. Its alarming that these people instead of taking benefit from Government raised policies and subsidies simply adopt the most convenient and complacent path to earn money in the form of stretching their hands demanding for help. Government provides all kinds of provisions to provide destitutes free elementary education but it seems being in a perpetual state of poverty has become their deliberate decision as they mock all these constructive steps and persuade their wards as well in this contemptible money snatching business. Its very easy to play the blame game and accuse the status quo and quoting that the current political scenario has made rich richer and poor poorer. It is just a myth as determination can conquer all your miseries. So if these impoverish people rather work and educate themselves not only will they be emancipating themselves but also help India in striving ahead redeeming itself of this ugly spot of POVERTY.
I think some people would choose poverty because they do not agree with a lot of the systemic injustices that are tolerated within our societies, but generally poverty is a cyclic problem; certain traits are passed on generationally, poor education is often attributed to parents not being educated themselves and as such they tend to be economically disadvantaged so they cannot afford to pay to get their kids a decent education.
That the inadequacies of parents means that society can ignore the children is the problem there, I believe, but others will argue that if you cannot afford to provide for your children you shouldn’t have them. But again that is a poor education result; in advanced nations, where education is at a decent standard across the board, you statistically have lower population growth.
So presuming the problem solves itself and that poor people deserve to be poor because they are irresponsible, that isn’t a solution in any way. The thing is; giving out more opportunity to earn a decent living means consumerism will grow, and that is a problem in itself.
There has to be a balance between getting people a decent standard of life but not having excessive or unsustainable consumerism. So society really has to get over this idea of earning versus entitlement, it has to be redefined as to what people deserve and what it is practical to give them before we can expect them to contribute or earn in excess.
Not all societies even in the contemporary world endorse meritocracy or equality of opportunity. An untouchable in India cannot be blamed if s/he is kept down by the Brahmins or other upper castes.
In some cases some are just unambitious or lazy. Some have bad luck, whilst others cannot or don’t receive proper opportunities.
It’s waaay too simplistic to say that poor people warrant their lot because they are dim or stupid.