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Why We Shout About Poverty

Photogrpahs by Suhee Kang
Words by Patrick Lydon

Smiling Children (Photo: Suhee Kang | sociecity)

We shout about poverty

use it to define those
who ‘do not have’

But before our influence spread

These people didn’t know of
money, wealth, extravagance, poverty

They only cared  of
family, earth, food, shelter

Smiling Children (Photo: Suhee Kang | sociecity)

So how is it

that a nation
who puts family and basic necessity
above all else

is more ‘impoverished’

than a nation
who puts wealth and material possessions
before anything

Which is the country
truly impoverished

Smiling Children (Photo: Suhee Kang | sociecity)

A simple life does not mean
a low quality life

what use is complexity
if stress is heightened
quality time is diminished
and true connection with life is unheard of

A tin roof does not mean
an unhappy family

what use is a comfortable, cavernous living room
if father and mother are at work
children are at day care
and there is no family to speak of

Mother and Child (Photo: Suhee Kang | sociecity)

Are those in less industrialized countries crazy
for living in simplicity
and connecting firstly with the earth and eachother

Or are we crazy
for ignoring simplicity
and connecting firstly with technology and our possessions