You don't have to be poor

Originally published in the 1972 pamphlet titled “You Don’t Have to be Poor”

Poverty means not having enough, and that's a bad thing. Everybody would agree to that. But just saying so doesn't help much, particularly if you are poor. Even a regular welfare check doesn't really change the feeling of "being poor." And that's a feeling no one likes, whether he has bread on his table or not.

When you're poor, life may seem hopeless, without meaning, just a drag. Perhaps you feel trapped, forgotten, unneeded, unloved. Sometimes you may think your life is just a big zero.

Sure, you want out. But is there a way? Can religion help?

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