Poor by choice
“But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.”
Proverbs 6:9-11 NLT
There is a kind of poverty that undoubtedly is the result of social injustice, for man-by-man exploitation.
But there is another kind of poverty that is the product of laziness, of not wanting to work, to live with the law of least effort.
The difference between the two types of poverty is the control that we have over it.
In the first type, control is minimal, because usually is the result of what others do; in the second type we have full control, because we ourselves are the ones who create it.
We can live in a context of poverty, but will be our decision to be poor people or not.
© David García Licona – December 2013