The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.
I came across this quote on Goodreads. It made me pause because I find myself agreeing with Stevenson.
In a way he’s saying that poverty is an injustice itself. No one wants to be poor. People don’t choose to live in poverty. Unfortunate circumstances happen. And the distribution of wealth in most countries is a system that is full of injustices itself.
Often times we associate wealth with the opposite of poverty because it makes sense. If you aren’t poor, you’re rich. If you don’t live in poverty, you’re one of the wealthy. But that doesn’t account for the people in the middle. The individuals who are neither.
Justice, on the other hand, encompasses everyone. We all deserve to be treated equally. It’s a shame that humankind continues to outcast one group for their differences.