What are my options?
it is time to go eat … what do I feel like? what are my options?
What if there were no options? Poverty is not as much about a $ amount as it is about the ability or inability to make a choice. What are you able to choose regarding …
- your next meal?
- your career?
- your home?
- your childs school?
- your footwear?
- your sense of style?
- your vacation?
- the colour of your car?
I wonder if it is in these options, that the differences between wealth and poverty live?
Levels of wealth:
Subsistence: If you do not need to choose one child over another for education or tonights meal, you have reached the first level of wealth – SUBSISTENCE. many parts of the world has not reached this level. this is a precarious place, a flood or hurricane, a long cold spell or lack of rain can turn a year deadly. Of course, like all good neighbours, others will help, but the majority of the people who live around you are at the same spot, so they too are affected by what affects you. If you are in trouble, chances are good they are in trouble too.
Margin: The next level is MARGIN – you have access to support, medical care in an emergency. if a flood comes and you lose your house, you have opportunity to access support
Future orientation: The next tier to reach is to provide more for your children than for yourself. You can think beyond a day, week or even a month ahead. You can begin to think about the next generation. Your child can be fed AND go to school.
Comfort: The next level of wealth is one where you can provide a certain level of COMFORT, you can buy that luxury item – a tv, a personal car, a shelf of books, your resources go beyond basic needs.
Preferences: Next we come to PREFERENCES. not only can you buy comfort, you can buy with a degree of personal choice in mind. That used car you want can be either silver or red. When you buy some entertainment, you choose between that game or this other book. Here you are able to choose what you wish.
Indulgence: Is the level of wealth where you can buy items out of bored choice. Purchases on a whim.
Is this an accurate description of levels of wealth? Where do you fit?