Poverty is relative, and the lack of food and of the necessities of life is not necessarily a hardship. Spiritual and social ostracism, the invasion of your privacy, are what constitute the pain of poverty.
(Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928).
Before making a great success in the restaurant and wholesale beverage businesses, MacDougall and her three children had been thrust into deep poverty by her husband's financial failure. Raised in wealth and high social standing, she had been forced to ask relatives for help and was humiliated by their presumptuous inquiries about her life style and expenditures.)
Poverty in itself does not make men into a rabble; a rabble is created only when there is joined to poverty a disposition of mind, an inner indignation against the rich, against society, against the government.
(Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "The State," addition 149, The Philosophy of Right (1821, trans. 1942).)
Poverty, greed, and ignorance are the greatest WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in play now. Their effects kill millions of people each year directly or indirectly. So please disarm all WMD including poverty, greed, ignorance, and nuclear weapons now. Thank you! Thank Lord GOD! Amen!
Moreover, poverty is currently the worst form of violence. Poverty, racism, greed, and nuclear weapon systems are not accidents. Like slavery and apartheid, they are man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings everywhere.