When personal hygiene becomes impossible because of failure of infrastructure or human density you have true poverty.
There is a human tendency to make decisions by comparing all countries against our own country. If a person lives in Sweden, it is possible this person would consider people in the USA as poor, while people in the USA would consider people in Guatemala poor. The proper method is to compare all counties to all countries and find the mean, mode, and median.
There is an almost insane and illogical assumption that all people must want, need, and buy a Television or they are poor. The majority of the planet does not have consumer items like a Fridge or Microwave, and do not consider this a social norm. They are not poor, they do are not compulsively competing to buy consumer items.
The number of countries on the planet considered developed are less than 20 percent of the world population. It would be more appropriate to say they are over-developed, while the rest of the planet is normal.
However, true misery can only be achieved when the population density overwhelms the local infrastructure and people are not able to bath or maintain proper personal hygiene without extreme measures.
The sign of extreme poverty is when you see normal people showering in the streets, or sleeping. One must take care to not label alcoholic behavior as poverty, this is a different social problem.
Poverty or being poor is a state of mind.A person may be rich and still poor in some areas.why is it that some rich and successfull people commit suicide.People from poverty stricken countries rarely think of suicide.unless a man rise above riches and poverty in his mindset he is still a poor man
Very good viewpoint, I started work on a poverty definition, if you log into your profile, you can get updates http://www.povertydefinition.org/
Here is a list that define a poor or extreme poverty.
2.no access to good clothing.
3.can not afford three square meals in a day.
4.have no access to good medical care.some people have nothing to do with riches or poverty.They do not have wordly care.The people are
To stay clear from poverty,people need to redefine their lives.people need not to conform with the world.people must live simply.people must be willing to work.people must not compare or copy others.There must be a burning desire to beat poverty.
Alakuko, I copied and pasted this to a member site called
PLEASE go there, and we can continue because that site is ONLY about poverty.