by: Dr. Marlene McMillan
The problem of poverty has persisted from the earliest days of humanity. Thousands of solutions have been proposed from socialism, welfare, charities, and aid – but the problem still rages on unabated. Many point to the environmental problems that cause poverty: being born in certain countries, a poor family, or a minority, etc. The truth is that poverty is not only an environmental problem, but a spiritual problem.
I can teach anyone to be a millionaire. I can teach anyone how to get out of poverty. The problem is: can we get the poverty out of you? Many of the reasons poverty has persisted so long is because of the mindset of poverty that pervades so many millions of minds.
In fact, many of our economic and governmental problems are really spiritual problems, in need of spiritual solutions. We must stop looking to the wrong places to solve these problems – like government, the wealthy, or aid organizations. The best way to fix problems is to speak the truth to those suffering from problems.
The problem with many of the so-called ‘solutions’ to poverty is that they do not deal with the mindset of the individuals concerned. Too many of these ‘solutions’ simply throw money at the problem, provide handouts, and offer no meaningful escape from poverty.
The truth is in many cases poverty is a voluntary mindset, perpetuated by laziness and lack of motivation. Many are unwise with their time and money, consistently make poor choices, choose immediate gratification over long-term planning, or fail to develop good character. You have a lot more control over your life than you think. Never underestimate the power of your thoughts, your words, and your attitudes.
Take note of the many hard-working individuals who have escaped the vicious cycle of poverty though enormously hard work, dedication, sheer grit, and determination. There are many who say that the course of your life is determined from childhood; that everyone is locked into their destiny based on birth, and early experiences. While these influences definitely have a huge effect, no one should ever forget that the power of their future lies in their thoughts, actions, attitudes, and words.
Addressing poverty through welfare, aid, and wealth redistribution will never solve the problem because it never gets at the root cause. He who pays, controls, and therefore anyone who is dependent on the handouts of another is under control from an external source. Nobody can assume responsibility for their lives when they are under the control of another entity. No one can live in liberty when they are in bondage. Liberty is the opportunity to make a choice to assume responsibility and accept the consequences. The degree to which people live in liberty will determine the degree of their prosperity. Those who take responsibility for their lives, accept the consequences, and work hard to overcome their circumstances with a positive attitude can achieve anything they set their mind to.
The preservation and sustainment of Liberty depends on you. It’s time to discover liberty or lose it.