“I can’t make you love me if you don’t.”-Bonnie Raitt
Eradicating poverty, as with all cultural shifts, needs to take place in our hearts for real change to occur. Policies are the 10 Commandments, ABC’s and 1,2,3’s of giving a shit about your neighbor. Civil Rights are a law and yet they haven’t eradicated racism. Women’s Rights are a law and yet crimes against women persist.
Poverty is a byproduct of toxic capitalism, classism, greed, fear, inherited expectations of exploitation, colonization and learned helplessness. Individual freedom from poverty happens when we awaken to reality and make a conscious choice to get out in spite of a system designed to keep us stuck. No yea buts. But, yes. Both, and.
Collective freedom from poverty happens when we enter into consciousness together and insist on the creation of a new paradigm; one that accounts for our past, Who threw the first punch? while meeting the needs of the present Would you like punch with your lunch? in such a way that results in a future free from harm and oppression for all living beings, Pull your punch. I vote for keeping indoor plumbing but everything else is negotiable.