“Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.”
“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”
There is often an underlying frame of mind in interactions. Either it asks us how we are different compared to this person. Or how we are the same as this person. The first frame is based in how the ego likes to judge people and create separation to strengthen itself (either through feeling better or more like a victim). The second one creates warmth, an openness and curiosity within. There is no place to focus on fear or judgement anymore.
Cultivating such a frame of mind is of course not easy, especially if you have held the first frame of mind for many years. But one practical way of working on it is to face your fears. As you face them the barriers and separation you have built in your mind decreases. You come closer and feel more of a connection to other people.
With action, curiousness and understanding we come closer to each other. We gain a greater understanding of ourselves and others. And so it becomes easier to see them in you. And you in them. With this frame of mind kindness and wanting to help out becomes more of a natural part of you.
You can read more about this and other thoughts on how to overcome fear in this article.
With knowledge comes power. With personal power it becomes harder for those in charge to just boss you around. You learn more about what you are capable of and what others have done before. You learn to help yourself. And your view of what is possible can expand if you let it.
Today this isn’t just about books. I have to agree with Daniel Scocco’s latest post: the internet is changing a lot of things and can help to bring about change even more in the coming years. It can help people to find each other and find out what’s really going on in the world. And how they can improve their lives and their world.
3. Learn from those who really know.
“Most organizations should be pro-active, but philanthropists concerned with poverty should deliberately be reactive, learning from the efforts of ordinary folks who tired of looking the other way as their communities fell apart.”
Here’s a common tips in marketing: you have to figure out what people really want. Â
Not what you think they want. There is often a difference between the two, even though one may not think so.
In this case it is valuable to learn from those who live in poverty and/or works with it. From those who have done what you aspire to do. People with experience that have already made mistakes, failed and learned lessons. Don’t use money and effort foolishly to do what you may think is the right thing to do just based on you thinking it’s the right thing.
Problems can be very hard to understand when you come from the outside. When you haven’t had the experience yourself. It might be tempting to project your own pre-conceived notions on the challenge that you are trying to help out with.
This not only goes for this challenge of course. It’s often valuable to ask people what they want instead of guessing. And to learn from people who have already gone where you want to go by talking to them or by reading about it online or offline.
To continue reading about poverty today, here are a few blog posts from around the world that I liked. Feel free to share any posts on the topic that you found helpful in the comments.
- 1 tip on making yourself happier during the economic crisis — and combating poverty, too
- 30 Simple Ways to Battle Poverty With Technology
- 8 Simple Ways to Save Money & Help Stop Poverty
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