On being ‘Poor?’

13 thoughts on “On being ‘Poor?’”

  1. Most people are stuck in the materialistic matrix and are the true poor from where I stand. They don’t know the true value of things and individuals anymore. They basically judge your by your own price tag: your look(s). They are also often poor of mind (too many years of brainwashing in front of the hypnotic tv screen) and poor of judgement.
    Their spiritual/inner life is mostly non existent and closer to the vast emptiness of a black hole (which probably also sucked their common sense along the way) than anything else in the universe.
    I cherish true, grounded people who have a brain, who do things and have something to say that’s actually interesting if not enlightening. I respect old timers and their experience(s). I am grateful for what I have and my few simple needs (what’s the point of accumulating junk anyway, you won’t take it with you beyond the grave). I enjoy above all having a handmade, natural lifestyle that suits me. I am constantly learning (part of it b/c I want to, the other part has to do with my Spirits’ expectations) so gaining more knowledge infused with a good measure of wisdom is for me true wealth. The materialistic world has nothing to offer me that I consider valuable (besides books maybe)…I much prefer my “rich” simple life ;).

    1. Yes, I agree. This whole post started from one YouTube video commercial as I was looking for spinning instructions, a conversation I had online with a few Pagans, and three books of folklore.

      It seems there is a ‘mode of acceptance,’ to join Pagan groups, or some sort of popularity contest for the ‘better,’ Pagan via who had this stuff or that. It seemed odd, off, wierd to me. These people read the folklore about the ‘rustic country folk,’ and try to emulate them in a setting that those people written about might not understand; such as only eating organic foods, fancy cars, noisy technology, etc. These people were poor in lacking ‘stuff,’ but if these ‘poor’ folks are so ‘poor,’ than why do so many people try to emulate them but with having more ‘stuff?’

  2. I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum and in between — snooty private college, white-collar job, and then the downward slide into actual poverty. Nowadays I live on a tiny fixed income in someone’s upstairs room, don’t own a car, and get nearly all my clothes secondhand. I can honestly say that happiness has never had anything to do with how much cash I did or didn’t have at my disposal. I’m happier now than I was as an upper-middle-class, spoiled college kid who never had to worry about where to get the money to pay the bills 😛

    1. I got my wake-up call when I lost everything except my dog, with only $40 left in my pocket in late November dumped in Boulder. That winter sucked, and after I got on my feet I just haven’t viewed money the same since. When you’re hungry and shivering, things change. I understand where you’re coming from.

  3. I’m poor by some standards, rich beyond measure by others. I’ve been homeless, and I learnt some invaluable lessons whilst there. You cannot take money with you, so why accumulate more than you need? I am the happiest I’ve ever been, and that has very little to do with how much money is in my bank account.

  4. “We never have the best of anything”– that speaks volumes to me. It’s not “we never are the best of anything”, or “we never do the best in anything”, or “we never experience the best of anything”… but it’s “have”. I like that.

    1. There is true power in oneself to just ‘want,’ what you ‘have.’ I didn’t get it for years, but now I’m humbled by my own home, and everyone and everything in it, even if I’m the ‘uncool,’ person in the community.

  5. I used to have a job where I made a lot of money, not 1% money, but six figures. I was miserable. When I quit that job, a lot of people thought I was crazy. They knew, and I knew, that I would never have the opportunity to make that kind of money again. I’m good with that. I am happy, and healthy, and I have time to spend with family and friends. I always wondered why people wanted a 3000 SF house with four or five bathrooms. They must love to wash floors and clean toilets!

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