Most Assuredly a Curse

Poverty is not a blessing and is certainly a curse. People in abject poverty cannot adequately feed, clothe and shelter their children, and cannot afford the education & healthcare that they and their offspring often desperately need. No one, including an omni-benevolent deity, would inflict poverty on someone as a blessing. It is generally recognized that we are living in an era of massive income inequality. The political system that fosters this state of affairs is seriously deficient. People who grow up in poverty, and through hard work and good luck, raise themselves into improved economic conditions, may look back upon past deprivations as somehow an important formative condition to have overcome, but it is hard to imagine that anyone would consider their previous poverty a blessing. Religions that endorse the doctrine of karma may see poverty as a consequence of past actions, but generally don’t count it a blessing.

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