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  •  Being comfortable is not being rich IMO (3+ / 0-)
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    Dark UltraValia, Eowyn9, claytonben

    The God I know does not want us to suffer.  However Americans have some 'splainin' to do about poverty.  

    Because American poor are told so often how "lucky" we are to be poor in America, I once asked my Somalian friend Margaret about poverty in America vs poverty in Somalia.  This is a woman who could not be prouder to be an American.  Her whole family was murdered in Somalia, and then she endured years at a relocation camp where she was routinely beaten and raped.  When she was sponsored to come to the U.S., she was able to find work, but when her 2 year sponsorship came to an end, she found herself homeless and on the streets unable to make enough to pay rent.  Then she contracted that incurable TB from staying in the shelters.  She is a devout Catholic (converted from Islam) and is one of the most joyous people I know.  

    Her answer surprised me.  She said by far it was more difficult to be poor in America.  Here was her take:

    In America you have to pay for everything.  In Somalia if you need to cook, keep warm or need light you build a fire, but in America if you try to do this, you get arrested.  In Somalia if you do not have a home, you go into the forest where indigenous people have lived for eons and they will teach you how to survive.  In America, the indigenous people are gone, chased away and if you try to live in the forest it is the same thing; you will get arrested.  If you need food, you forage in the woods or on the roadside and this is fine ~ but in America, again you will get arrested.  In America you cannot keep warm,  make a home, cook your food, wash yourself, drink water or even go to the bathroom without paying for it....  

    First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they hurt you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi

    by mntleo2 on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 05:00:40 PM PST

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