Poverty is (not) a personality defect

“Poverty is a personality defect.”
– Margaret Thatcher

I think that one thing dear Maggie was in denial about is that it’s generally easier to get money if you already have money. It’s easier for a person with a job to get money for something he or she does not need than it is for a person without money to get money for bare necessities.

Pervasive myths such as Margaret Thatcher’s statement help maintain that imbalance.

I realized when I heard about a donation someone I know had made to another person I know.

Factors like gender (sex) and skin tone can play a role too. Men, for example, generally don’t like the idea of empowering women. Something primitive in them wants them to enslave women instead, tether them, keep them small and under control. Own them. And break them, if the women can’t be controlled. If it happens in everyday life, it also happens in many professional relationships. And we all know this, but most of us rarely think about it.

Yes, what I have written here will anger or upset some men, but for every man who does not recognize himself in it at all – bless him – there is another one who will readily admit that it’s true.

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