Can we remove poverty from the world? The question has baffled philosophers, researchers, reformists and statesmen alike since ages. Many ideologies, techniques and policies have been presented as solutions. They have their positive and negative effects but poverty is still there. Worse, it is increasing day by day. Wealth of the world is getting concentrated in the hands of few rich people.
Can we remove the poverty from the world?
Yes, we can. But not through imposed policies, aids, subsidies and/or charities work. They are at best are temporarily measures. They are never going to rescue poor people from a monster called poverty. I propose metaphysical solution to the problem.
Give Rs. 1000 to a ‘beggar’. The chance is that he will be back to the street next day without a penny left with him. Conversely, snatch money from rich people like Donald Trump and he will be back tomorrow with double of the money he had lost.
What is the explanation for this phenomenon?
It is about nothing but ‘mindset’. All religious scriptures, great minds and successful people through ages have time and again have emphasized on having proper mindset. If you consider yourself as poor you will be poor. Wealth will always find a way to escape from your clutch. Even you win a jackpot, you will lose everything quickly.
In this context I would like to narrate a story of a jackpot winner from the state of Bihar in India. He took part in ‘Kaun Bonega Crorpoti’ competition and won around 30 millions of Indian rupees. But within few months he was back to his former self, having lost all the money in unnecessary things. After winning he left his clerical job but then found himself jobless.
Becoming a poor or rich is a lot to do with psychology. There is no denying the fact that poverty is real. Thousands of people die in hunger all over the world on daily basis. But I doubt any humanitarian measures would help them. At best it would prolong their lives a little longer.
No matter the social policies passed, the community actions undertaken, anyone in a psychological state barring them from rescue will not be rescued. It is left to the individual to discover that no one other than oneself can feed their hunger, quench their thirst, clothe them, or give them shelter. The world cannot and will not change, and there is not a thing you can do about it. You can give all you have to feed the hungry and clothe the naked, but anyone who persists in a psychological state of hunger and poverty will not be redeemed by your actions.
Now, if you feel inspired to do charitable work, by all means do so. It is a noble thing to help others and will do you good. But no amount of kindness can erase the states of destitution in this world, because all states of consciousness are permanent, available for anyone to occupy.
The problem lies in the state of consciousness or psychology of affected individuals, which is permanent. The best thing we can do is to help these people to do our bits to remove the feeling of inadequacy from their consciousness along with the immediate help that they need to survive. We can’t keep them helping throughout their life.
They have to feel and believe that they have everything they need though they don’t have any for time being. They have to feel being adequate, resourceful and remove all worries from their lives. The immutable law of universe will then come into play and things in their thoughts will take physical shape.