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Wed May 24, 2017, 07:52 PM

Ben Carson is right. Sort of. [View all]

Ben Carson says that “poverty is a state of mind.” That’s true, but not in the way he meant it. It isn’t poverty’s victims who hold that perspective. Rather, poverty is a state of mind in those who have the power to create it. Poverty is a distinctly human circumstance; among millions of species, humans are the sole practitioners of the deliberate art of depriving their fellows.

On a planet where there is more than sufficiency in terms of food, millions go hungry because others find profit more desirable than compassion. In a nation where unoccupied homes outnumber those living on the street, the homeless are accused of choosing to freeze on the sidewalk. In a society where medicine and healing arts are increasingly effective, people suffer and die because that is deemed the more fiscally responsible avenue.

Poverty kills. And there is no deadlier strain of it than that which decides that human beings are of less value than the contents of a wallet. That particular poverty requires an emptiness of soul and spirit. It is, indeed, a state of mind that manifests in what it does TO others. To put it simply, need and greed may coexist; but only one has the power to create the other.

Think about that, Dr. Carson. Please.


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