Week 4 Secondary Post: The Opposite of Poverty

The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.

Bryan Stevenson

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.

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4 thoughts on “Week 4 Secondary Post: The Opposite of Poverty

  1. That’s actually a really good quote, I’ve never thought about poverty like that before. It’s totally true as well, because when you have no wealth, you don’t have access to basic needs, like a place to live or decent food to eat. And that’s an injustice more than anything else. I think that’s partly why Cathy Crowe pushes for housing and basic needs when it comes to helping the homeless, instead of handing out cheques.

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