Poverty Is A “State of Mind”

So what is the right course of action?  Inspire hope and a sense of self worth.

Most people believe that they simply have to make the best of a reality they have no control over. In “reality”, each of us is defining the world around us moment to moment by personal choices. Those choices about what to do and believe literally shape the world around us. Every one of us channels the energy and creative power of the cosmos. This is a dramatic reversal of “cause and effect”. Common wisdom would say that the cause of poverty is not enough money, a bad often violence filled environment, a disadvantaged start in life, poor education or lack of love and values in family environments.  But, as Mr. Carson stated, all of these “realities” are the result of having the wrong mind set. The challenge is that since we have been conditioned to totally accept as reality the world perceived by our five senses, it is very challenging to accept that it is all just a story line we have accepted for ourselves in our own imaginations. If an individual can mentally step out of their life and re-invent what they believe is their reality, they can have a new life as quickly as they are willing to believe it.

The problem with Mr. Carson’s statements on this issue are not that his statements are incorrect. Instead, it is because due to a lack of understanding of cause and effect people will think he is “blaming” people for their poverty and difficult lives. The only “fault” involved for the victims in any situation is that they have given in to fear and hopelessness.  If you don’t know that all you have to do is flip a switch to turn on the lights, there can be no blame that you sit in the darkness.

So where does the fault lie? The fault lies with a society that “believes” some people are of less value than others. The fault lies with a news media that preaches to us daily about all the trouble, violence and loss as though this is the predominant nature of our world. This “bad news story” becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as people accept it as just the state of the world and let the destructive forces of fear, jealousy and distrust act as a corrosive and disruptive agent.

If Mr. Carson wants to validate his statements he must find ways to instill hope for a bright future and nurture the sense of self-worth and value of any individual that may be trapped in what is really just a bad dream. The worse someone’s “reality” is, the harder it is to break out of it. It is very difficult not to accept what you see around you as “real” and somehow a fate you have little control over.

As Mr. Carson said, it is all a “state of mind” but breaking out of that state of mind can be very difficult. However, Mr. Carson’s statements are of huge significance because what they acknowledge is that it is not about food stamps or money for the poor, it is about finding ways to instill a belief in the possibility of a new and improved reality. We must each work to reinvent the world because our shared beliefs, hopes and vision will impact the entire planet and result in an ever improved reality for all.   Hopefully, Mr. Carson will use his office to help lead us to a more hope filled, joyful and loving world.

Note: The picture at the top of this article shows Mr. Carson at a Habitat for Humanity event in Florida where, with the support of various organizations, a community will be built with the future residents investing their time, labor and money into the project. Mr. Carson’s support of this program is a natural because it is all about building a sense of self worth and a belief in a brighter future. It is about helping people have a new and improved state of mind.

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